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Racial Justice Competencies

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In the third part of the Health Disparities series, Dena Fife and Dany Zemmel discuss a racial justice competencies toolkit developed and available for use by public health agencies. 

Learning Objectives

Describe the need for a racial justice competency set for public health professionals

Explain the importance of the model job descriptions project

Identify ways to incorporate components of the racial justice competency model (RJCM) in your role or your department’s work

Dany Zemmel (she/hers) is the Training and Engagement Manager of the HRSA-funded Region V Public Health Training Center, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The RVPHTC aims to strengthen the current and future public health workforce in Region V states and beyond. In her role, Dany leads the development of training, including live webinars, podcasts, and discussion-based, peer-learning sessions, as well as training needs assessments, student development programming, and performance management activities. Dany is interested in and committed to contributing to cross-sector, interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly at the intersection of health equity, racial justice, and environmental health. Dany earned her Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Prior to that, Dany has worked in both environmental conservation and secondary education, both domestically and abroad.

Dena Fife (she/her) is the Instructional Services Manager for the Institute for Public Health Practice (IPHP) College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, which includes the HRSA-funded Region VII Midwestern Public Health Training Center (MPHTC) that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Dena provides consultation and leads the development of various online courses, training programs, and micro-learnings. Dena is a lifelong learner with an appreciation for how people learn and grow. She is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility especially within learning and development. She works with various partners to translate knowledge into meaningful learning experiences. Dena began her career writing copy, developing newsletters, and press releases, to facilitating presentations on crisis & emergency risk communication and exercise design, before moving into learning and development. Dena has a BA in Mass Communication & Journalism and an MA in eLearning Design & Implementation.

Up to 1 CPH Recertification Credit may be earned by attending this event.

This program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $35,569,951 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government. The Heartland Center at Saint Louis University has received a portion of this funding from the Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care to expand efforts to address health disparities caused by COVID-19.

This program is also supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31688 “Public Health Training Centers Program”.

The contents are those of the presenters (s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, HRSA, or the U.S. Government. 

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