Public Health Seminar Series:

Disrupting Restrictive ID Policies To Promote Health Equity: Lessons Learned from a Community-Academic Research Partnership by Alana M.W. LeBrón

Monday, April 17, 2017 12:00pm CalIT2, Auditorium OCW Video Archive
Seminar Abstract

Policies that restrict access to US government-issued IDs exacerbate barriers to health-promoting resources that are increasingly contingent upon having ID, heighten racialized day-to-day stressors, and contribute to broader institutional processes of exclusion. Multiple marginalized communities, including racial minority, low-income, and immigrant communities, are disproportionately affected. Increasingly, county and municipal governments are implementing local government-issued IDs to improve access to health-promoting resources for all residents. This presentation provides an overview of a community-academic partnership process to support the implementation and evaluate the effectiveness of the Washtenaw ID, which became available to all residents of Washtenaw County, Michigan in 2015. Following a discussion of the evaluation process, the presentation will conclude with a discussion of lessons learned, as well as ways in which local government-issued IDs may partially disrupt the links between racializing policies and health equity.

Speaker Biography - Alana M.W. LeBrón

Alana M.W. LeBrón
Alana M.W. LeBrón Assistant Professor, Program in Public Health & Department of Chicano/Latino Studies
Dr. LeBrón’s research focuses the (re)production of social inequalities that shape inequities in health and opportunities for intervention to promote health equity. Much of Dr. LeBrón’s scholarship centers on the intersections of race, socioeconomic position, immigrant generation, immigration status, & gender with health inequities, with a focus on the health of Latina/o communities and community-engaged strategies for understanding and addressing health inequities. Her areas of research include policies and ideologies pertaining to immigration, IDs, & health care & social service access & utilization.

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