Engaging in Effective Community Advocacy
February 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Scotland Event with Voluntary Health Scotland
Community advocacy is a preventative and pro-active approach that supports people to be active citizens and self-advocate in relation to decisions affecting their lives. How do we understand community advocacy in a public health and health inequalities context? What lessons can be learned from community focused interventions developed by the third sector? Can this approach mitigate the impact of health inequalities?
To explore what engagement in advocacy means in a public health context, how this can mitigate health inequalities and what this means for your own role.
This is an interactive session, where you will be encouraged to consider a range of advocacy approaches to mitigating health inequalities for different kinds of communities. You will hear exemplars from several third sector organisations, each of which will illustrate their own use of community based interventions to support people’s health and wellbeing.
- Stuart Brown, Physical Activity Co-ordinator and Sophie Bridger, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland
- Ese Johnson, Development Manager for Minority Ethnic Health, Waverley Care
- Elizabeth Rowlett, Partnership Integration Engagement Officer, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise
- Claire Stevens, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Scotland
- Moira Davies, Senior Learning and Development Officer, Public Health Scotland
By the end of the session, you should have:
- Improved understanding of how advocacy can mitigate the impact of health inequalities
- More confidence about identifying and working with community and third sector advocates
- Ideas for developing your own community advocacy role.