People Come First: An Era for Health Activism

Global Health Seminar Series 2022-2023

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 / 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

There are many physicians who, at one point or another in their medical careers, think, Isn’t there more to my work than writing prescriptions? Who felt inspired when Rep. John Lewis implored us to “never be afraid to make some noise and get into good trouble”? This lecture is an invitation to explore another way of fulfilling your commitment to healing and health: organizing and activism. Many physicians don’t see themselves as community organizers and activists. The reality is that a physician can care for patients and organize simultaneously both locally and internationally. Healthcare and community organizing are closely intertwined, wherein organizing is another practice that physicians can learn and adopt. This lecture examines the role of relational community organizing within health justice and global health practice. We hope you will be able to contextualize the five practices of community organizers in relation to different global health challenges. You will also understand foundational principles of relationship building as they relate to health activism.

Pedja Stojicic, MD, MPH is Executive Director of People Power Health and an Instructor in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. People Power Health is a group of community organizers and trainers focused on bringing community organizing skills to healthcare professionals, caregivers, and healers.