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Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities Policy: Racial Concepts, Discourse, & Social Change
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When: Monday, March 27, 2017
6:00- 8:00PM
Where: NASW- NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway , Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Todd Vaindestine, Ph.D, MSW, MHR

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This presentation will discuss the various meanings of racial concepts within initiatives to eliminate racial and ethnic health inequities. The discussion will introduce a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of how racial concepts are defined within the political context of major systems, with specific attention to healthcare. CDA is an important theory/methodology for social workers because it combines an analysis of the historical and political meanings inherent to social issues and a critical approach to the power of language. Additionally, CDA can help us understand and change inequitable power relations found in many of the issues we address in social work. In turn, this can enhance our core professional commitment to social justice by reinforcing action-oriented approaches to social change.


Todd Vanidestine, PhD.,  MSW, MHR is an  Assistant Professor at Aldephi University. He teaches MSW students on issues in social welfare and case management. A key component of his teaching philosophy is facilitating discussions, activities and assignments that encourage the melding of formal education and lived experiences in order to promote a deeper understanding of both. In turn, the process of building interpersonal and collective relationships establishes the foundation for creating a learning community so people gain a deeper sense of their own power to effect societal change.



2 CE Contact Hours



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