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Educating Youth and Emerging Leaders about the Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities

Strengthening and broadening leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels is a key goal of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA roadmap, also known as the National Stakeholder Strategy (NSS) specifically identifies youth as a target audience for media messages and a key demographic for leadership development. “This priority area was developed in response to this need and serves the following purposes: (NPA) priority area was developed in response to this need and serves the following purposes

  • Prepare young people to become future leaders and practitioners by educating them about health disparities and the Social Determinants of Health; and
  • Engage youth in health equity work through exposure to practicum opportunities with leaders and experts on health disparities.

This graphic depicts the priorities, goals, strategies,  outputs, and outcomes of the Youth Education NPA Priority Area, showing this  information in five columns. The first column shows that one NPA priority is to  “Educate youth about health equity and the social determinants of health  through training and practicum opportunities.” The second column shows the  goals of the Youth Education priority area, which are “Train youth and youth  leaders on the role of the social determinants of health in creating well-being  and health,” “Train youth leaders to use social determinants of health  framework and health equity in their work,” and “Provide college level students  with practicum opportunities to work on health equity.” The third column shows  the strategies of the NPA to implement Youth Education, which include, “Identify  organizations with connection to youth and youth leaders and organizations,” “Establish  partnerships with organizations with connections to youth and youth leaders,” “Provide  technical assistance to support training for youth and youth leaders,” and “Place  college level students with mentors on health equity projects.” The fourth  column shows the outputs of implementing Youth Education, which are “Youth  training programs (pilot phase); youth leadership programs (pilot phase)” and “Health  equity practicums and fellowships for students across a broad range of majors.”  The fifth and final column shows the final outcomes of Youth Education, which are  “Increased knowledge of the social determinants of health and health equity  among youth and youth leaders” and “Increased use of the social determinants of  health framework by youth leaders in leadership activitiesThe NPA leverages a partnership model to facilitate access of youth and emerging leaders to the tools, knowledge and training necessary to advocate for the health and well-being of their communities, as well as join the cadre of professionals across several sectors that are working toward equitable outcomes in health and the social determinants of health.

Between 2012 and 2015, the NPA engaged four organizations with youth training programs in a pilot to deliver training on health disparities and the role of the Social Determinants of Health. The NPA also partnered with organizations focused on workforce training and development to provide health equity-focused practicum experiences to emerging professionals from health and other sectors.

This graphic depicts nine current NPA Partners for the Youth  Education priority area, showing the NPA partner in the first row and their  target audience in the second row. The first column shows that the Marshall University Schools of Medicine &  Pharmacy Upward Bound Programs in math & science has a target  audience of high school students considering a career in the medical sciences.  The second column shows that the Morehouse  School of Medicine has a target audience of High School students in high  need areas and undergraduate students at Morehouse. The third column shows that  the United National Indian Tribal Youth  (UNITY) – Under development has a target audience of Tribal Youth  Council Members. The fourth column shows that the Regional Health Equity Council 2 & Workable, Inc. – USVI has a  target audience of youth with disabilities. The fifth column shows that the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools  (HSHPS) has a target audience of graduate and undergraduate interns. The  sixth column shows that the Hispanic  Association of Colleges and Universities has a target audience of graduate and  undergraduate interns. The seventh column shows that the Directors of  Health Promotion and Education has a  target audience of graduate and undergraduate interns. The eighth column  shows that the International Leadership  Foundation – Asian Population has a target audience of graduate and  undergraduate interns. Finally, the ninth column shows that the OakRidge  Institute for Science and Education has a target audience of college graduates.
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