Our 2023 Kickoff
On July 19, 2023, we hosted our inaugural Summit, to engage individuals working in the AGING and DISABILITY sectors with advocates contributing to the RACIAL EQUITY and SOCIAL JUSTICE movements and began a journey to expedite change.
The Power of Data and Storytelling: Let’s Change Minds and Systems to Advance Social Justice
This morning session highlighted quantitative and qualitative approaches for measuring community disparities. Attendees learned about the impact of combining data with people’s stories to address health inequities and advance social justice, and left with an understanding of using data to define a problem, exploring solutions, and engaging communities for action.
- The Power of Data and Storytelling (Presentation PDF)
- The Power of Data and Storytelling (Accessible PDF)
Lived Experience Matters: The Importance of Community-Based Research to Elevate the Voices of Older Adults
Greater Good Studio shared their process of engaging older adults across the state to gain day-in-the-life observations and examine health inequities, offering insights and strategies for improving the lives of older Californians who experience structural discrimination. We heard directly from older adults who provided their personal perspectives on aging and health equity, and what needs to be done to ensure every older adult has the opportunity to age well.
Diverse Perspectives from Older Adults
As part of the Advancing Health Equity in Aging initiative, Greater Good Studio embedded their team in Imperial, San Diego, San Francisco, and Shasta counties. In this March 2023 video, we are introduced to Derrion. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Derrion discusses his then-approaching kidney dialysis. He traces back what led to his health challenges – from alcohol and drugs used during his youth to escape the pain of an abusive stepfather, to growing up in an underinvested neighborhood with a lack of choices. The latter impacted everything – from the employment he secured to the food he ate.
Hmong Cultural Center
Our Culture is the Cure
It is critical for The SCAN Foundation to reaffirm the utilization of its privilege for good.”
Watch the Recording
Our packed Summit agenda sought to:
- EXPAND the “tent” of individuals and organizations interested in the intersection of age, racial equity, and social justice;
- ELEVATE the voices of older adults of color, highlighting health inequities;
- EXCITE attendees by creating a unique space within California’s movement ecosystem; and
- ENGAGE and build buy-in from attendees for participation in our larger initiative.
Watch our full recording of the day's events, including remarks made during our Networking Reception co-hosted with RockHealth.org.