Confronting Power and Privilege

What You'll Learn

  • Identify the elements of power and privilege that surface in a planning and design process.
  • Explore decision points and their relationship to health equity across various programs and projects.
  • Work with an open source health equity action framework, and test it in your own work.

More Course Details

Planning has a significant role to play in creating a more equitable society. Health equity means that all people have equal opportunity to quality and length of life — and it is largely influenced by decisions made throughout the planning, policy, real estate, and design fields in the built environment. Panelists from health, design, and planning explore how confronting power and privilege can meld with everyday planning and design practice to transform the way we work. Delve into the elements of power and privilege that surface in planning, real estate, and infrastructure and the trickle-down health equity effects. Identify key pivot moments that have an outsized impact on health equity outcomes and the actors and decision makers that are involved throughout project delivery.

Learn about a beta action framework for practitioners to critically challenge everyday practice, built on nine months of field research and practice insights. Attendees will test and open source this framework through an interactive exercise.

The foundation of this research is on centering health equity to reduce inequities through everyday decisions of planners to advance inclusive communities — addressing the full lifecycle of real estate and infrastructure.