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ASDAH 2018 Pre Conference Events
Portland State University Hotel and Conference Center
Portland, OR
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August 3, 2018 9:00 am - Noon

Session #1:
Pre-Conference for Session People of Color Only

This year ASDAH is hosting a pre-conference session that will only be open to for those identifying as People of Color.  The POC-only pre-conference is being organized by Dr. Joy Cox, the chair of ASDAHs Inclusivity Team. More information on programming and facilitation will be available soon.

Session #2
Pre-Conference Session: Weight Stigma is a Social Justice Issue

This pre-conference session is intended for folks who are newer to Health At Every Size and Weight Stigma as a Social Justice Issue as it relates to other issues of oppression through an intersectional lens. This workshop is led by Nancy Ellis-Ordway, MSW.

Weight stigma is so woven into the fabric of our culture that it is usually unquestioned. It pervades the thinking of policy makers, educators, health care professionals, journalists, employers, financial institutions, retailers, researchers and religious institutions, among others.  While weight stigma affects everyone it has disproportionately negative impacts on those with less power in the social hierarchy. It profoundly affects individual and public health, with substantial ethical implications. Policy decisions that focus on micro interventions of changing individual bodies obscure the enormous importance of the social determinants of health and quality of life. Interventions that target fat bodies conceal oppression and discrimination against  minorities and people living in poverty without appearing overtly racist or classist. When physical, mental and social pathologies are defined as defects in individual biology, social change is seen as no longer necessary. Institutionalized bias becomes an excuse for inaction regarding efforts to address  disparities in the social determinants of health. Focusing on bodily outcomes  obscures discussion of other sociopoliticoeconomic constructed realities. Stigma has a fundamental influence on both individual and population health and needs to be addressed directly.
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Portland State University Hotel and Conference Center (View)
310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, OR 97201
United States



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