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Health Equity in Practice Session 3: How to Transform field language and strategies into on-the-ground change

Note: PreventConnect experienced technical difficulties part-way through, which affected the presentation shared by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The first slide listed incorrect pronouns and organizations and the recording stopped part-way through the presentation. Slides have been updated in the downloadable PDF below. 

Let’s call it what it is: our field has a language problem. 

We know that in order to create a world where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to thrive, we must recognize and address how oppressive forces compound together to uphold white supremacy and harm marginalized communities. Sexual Violence Prevention provides us a pathway to address why sexual violence happens, but as we move beyond individual skill building to community and society-level changes, the map for how to prevent violence becomes a lot more abstract.

With terms like the Socio-Ecological Model, Hot Spot Mapping, Social Determinants of Health, Risk and Protective Factors, even Health Equity – it can feel like our movement is speaking two different languages. 

This workshop might be for you if you’re ready to facilitate meaningful change in your community but need help moving beyond terminology and theory to identify what this programming could look like and how to get there.

Join PreventConnect and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center as we break down some of the language barriers in the anti-violence field and draw connections between terminology and on-the-ground prevention by uplifting organizations from across the country who are currently doing it, and having honest conversations about what it took to get there. 


  • Bridge language divide between academic/ public health and community-based preventionists. 
  • Build skills around how to navigate “field jargon” when choosing, planning and implementing prevention strategies. 
  • Illustrate pathways to innovating violence prevention strategies, while centering communities and perspectives most impacted. 

Guests will be announced in the days leading up to the web conference. 

This web conference is the third in a five-part web conference series, exploring how the promotion of health equity translates into real-world prevention strategies and organizational policy by building the toolkits of practitioners and their organizations, and offering explicit examples of people putting health equity concepts into practice.

For a downloadable version of slides, click here.

For more information on the full series and upcoming sessions, click here.

For links to resources mentioned during this web conference, click here.