The National MCH Workforce Development Center provides assistance for Title V agencies wishing to incorporate health equity and engagement with people with lived experience into the planning and execution of their health transformation projects.
To foster an evolving culture of equity, focused on supporting meaningful engagement of people with lived experience within the MCH WDC and among Title V programs
To support Title V professionals as they build their equity capacity and better engage people with lived experience. We provide tailored tools and resources for individual and collective equity and engagement work, including:
- Supporting intentional, strategic approaches to equity and engagement;
- Providing language and definitions of equity and engagement that are useful to professionals at every level;
- Providing practical, step-by-step guides to engagement with communities that are different than your own;
- Helping groups identify and refine their equity goals;
- Working with professionals to strengthen their “equity muscles.”
The WDC is committed to doing our own equity and engagement work. To guide the WDC equity and engagement work we:
- Help cores and teams recognize the emotional labor of equity and engagement work, and do the self-reflection required to build capacity;
- Routinely assess staff and leadership incorporation of equity and engagement principles into their work within the center;
- Support intentional, strategic approaches to equity and engagement;
- Emphasize patience, humility, and relationship building as we work to achieve solutions to disrupt long-standing inequities;
- Recognize and address the multiple, intersectional systems of oppression (patriarchy, racism, ableism, etc.) that contribute to inequities and that have silenced people with lived experience.
Equity is a
- Process, equity is a commitment to redistribute access, resources, and opportunities to make them fair and just for all people.
- Outcome, equity occurs when you can no longer predict outcomes based on social identity (e.g., race, sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, etc.).
- Way of thinking that is inclusive and person-centered.
- Way of being free of bias, discrimination, and unfair outcomes, exposures, and experiences.
Active, informed, equitable, collaborative participation that requires commitment, transparency, and representation in building relationships and opportunities for impact.
Culture of Engagement
A state where community engagement is deeply embedded in the organization’s policies, way of working, and where there is a shared commitment to engaging with the community across all levels of the organization.
Person with Lived Experience
A person with lived experience has knowledge and expertise derived from components of their personal identity and perspective. For example, a parent of a child with complex medical needs who speaks from that experience.