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The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Demanding Equity Now

Demanding Equity Now, part of Health & Medicine’s Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series, will create space to discuss the current political context from the perspective of fighting for equity in Chicagoland. Simultaneously responding to attacks at the federal, state, and local levels it is now more necessary than ever that Chicagoans offer analysis of the injustices harming people’s health and develop  collective responses that advance equity.
This forum will ground attendees in a critical historical and political analysis of the policy decisions that created this current state of crisis and allow for opportunities to connect and share resources while examining models and movements that drive reform and resistance.

Thank you for interest in Demanding Equity Now. In an effort to avoid the Rosh Hashanah holiday, we are currently working to reschedule the event. We hope to have a new date secured in the next week or so and will share new event details as soon as possible.

Keynote Speaker: Amara Enyia, JD, PhD
Dr. Amara Enyia is a Public Policy expert on city and state policy as well as international affairs/foreign policy with expertise in Central Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. She writes extensively on issues of education, economic development, fiscal policy, equity in policy, and systems thinking.

Dr. Enyia holds an M.Ed., JD and a PhD in Education Policy. In addition to her public policy consulting work, Dr. Enyia serves as the President of Blue 1647, an entrepreneurship and technology innovation center. She is also the Executive Director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and serves as Policy Director for the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. Dr. Enyia is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Cooperative Economics and Economic Innovation (ICEEI). She is a Global Leadership Fellow with the Global Strategists Association and serves as a regular commentator and contributor on policy and politics for various media outlets.

Forum Topics:
We will discuss topics including health justice, incarceration and policing, immigration, education, environmental justice, housing, and economic justice, with special attention paid to the interactive and compounding nature of systems of oppression. The media and public messaging, building community and power, and organizing for change will be also major cross-cutting themes of the day.

Forum Objectives:
Attendees will be able to:
  • Explain the historical and political context that undergird the neoliberal policies and practices threatening public health and health equity at the national, state, and local level
  • Describe the importance of creating and sustaining interrelated systems and movements as well as  developing cross-sectoral forms of collective action
  • Be more aware of local efforts and what you and others can do to be more politically engaged
  • Understand and develop strategies that confront the complex forms of oppression that impact peoples’ daily lives and produce inequity.
Additional event details:
  • We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email or call (312) 372-4292
  • Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or with any requests for sign language interpretation, accessibility concerns, and any other questions regarding this forum.

Thank you to our co-sponsors, Loyola University’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy and the Civitas ChildLaw Center