Power, Privilege and Oppression (PPO)
Our educators all hail from different walks of life, and it's important that we acknowledge the advantages as well as obstacles we each face in our lives. It is important to understand our own privilege and agency to better teach in the classroom with our students.
PPO #1 - Examining Power, Privilege, and Oppression
Boston History Trainings
Boston has a deep history that affects the way that our educators and students interact with the communities around them. It's important to know this information to understand the environment that our students may live in and help them be more compassionate and understanding.
American Healthcare Systems
The American healthcare system is antiquated and flawed. We spend more than many other developed nationals on healthcare and yet have some of the worst outcomes. Understanding the flaws in this system helps our educators recognize how the students we teach interact with the healthcare system and be more cognizant of the barriers they face.
Health Centers in the Pandemic
COVID-19 has undoubtedly altered many aspects of our lives, especially the way we view and access healthcare. Health centers have always been a way for the students we teach to access low-cost and easy care. In light of the pandemic, we discussed how health centers in Boston are operating to provide care, and how the rise of tele-health is an important tool that makes care more accessible.
Mental Health Resources
At PHE, we recognize that many of the students we teach may face barriers when it comes to getting care for mental health issues. At chapter, our LC led a training on the science and stigma behind mental health disorders as well as ways to get access to care as a high school and college student.
Reproductive Rights and Access
Over the past few days, we've witnessed the confirmation hearings of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. Slated as Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement just 23 days before the election, many people with uteruses are concerned about how her confirmation will result in severe limitations and reductions on reproductive rights and access - in other words, healthcare. At chapter this week, we talked about the history and importance of these rights and ways to get care in Boston.
As the presidential election grows closer, it's important that all of us who can get out and vote. However, our country has a history of voter disenfranchisement and voter suppression, often against minorities, specifically people of color.
Health Content Trainings
It is important that our educators are informed with the most medically accurate data as our students are highly impressionable. Our workshops often fill the gap of health education that most schools lack, and it is important that our educators deliver most accurate and current health information to our students.