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Moving Beyond Repair is guided by the following set of values. To ensure that we provide an environment that will be conducive for growth, respect and mutual understanding, we expect all attendees, presenters, staff, volunteers and organizers to learn, consider and embody these values while participating in all aspects of the conference.

Social Justice and Health Equity

This conference prioritizes anti-oppression, trauma-informed, and decolonizing frameworks for understanding public health emergencies and responses. We aim to centre the experiences of those most marginalized by systemic inequity to ensure we address the systems of oppression that influence emergency responses and contribute to inequitable health outcomes.

Community Engagement and Self-Determination

This conference seeks to centre the voices and experiences of community members as collectively identified priorities will inform appropriate, equitable responses to public health emergencies and beyond. We recognize that local communities are experts in their experiences and that public health experts and policy actors need to engage and listen to community members in addressing public health crises. We strive for authentic and active collaboration to generate community-led solutions to long-standing health issues as we learn from their work and highlight their invaluable contributions to the field.

Relationship & Relationality

This conference recognizes that responses to ongoing health inequities and emergencies need to be and are most successful when led by those most impacted due to the contextual expertise and on-the-ground relationship building that occurs at these levels. Policymakers without personal experience will have limited ability to pursue system changes without deep and lasting relationships with communities most impacted and the organizations already working in these communities. These relationships are critical, not only to ensure the appropriateness of work but also important to ensure accountability for the work done in these settings.

Transparency & Accountability

This conference recognizes that the success of any large-scale public health intervention often lies in the ability of public health institutions and governments to build and maintain public trust. Transparency of project intention, data collection/evidence gathering, and its subsequent analysis and use, is critical. Institutions are accountable for their actions. As a conference, we also acknowledge that many communities do not trust public health professionals/researchers due to past and current events whereby trust has been violated. Public health institutions and researchers must remain transparent to the communities that they are serving and accountable when mistakes are made that impact the health and well-being of the public.

Social Determinants of Health and Intersectionality

This conference recognizes that social determinants of health, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, race, racism, disability, colonialism, sexual orientation, education, access to health services, must be considered in dialogues surrounding equitable responses to public health emergencies. As a result of structural violence, systemic inequality and discrimination these determinants influence and/or determine an individual’s health status. We will emphasize how the intersection of these determinants, alongside public policies and social norms, alter the impact of public health crises and responses.

Socio-Ecological Model

This conference recognizes that the issues causing and relating to public health emergencies are broad and need to be approached through various frameworks to consider context, including the socio-ecological model to guide public health practice. This approach is necessary as the model moves beyond addressing individual behaviour and explores the influence of interpersonal, community, institutional, historical, structural, and policy factors on health outcomes. Our lens will be intersectional as we acknowledge the need to address health on both individual and population levels. We also recognize that various levels of the socio-ecological model interact with each other, creating barriers and opportunities for individuals or groups and must be addressed in its entirety.

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