Sari Bilick

Public Health Organizer
Human Impact Partners
Sari Bilick is an Organizer with Human Impact Partners (HIP) in Oakland, CA and leads Public Health Awakened, a national network of public health professionals organizing for health, equity and justice. She has over 10 years of experience in labor, community and political organizing, leadership development, training and coalition building. Sari has worked with healthcare workers, service workers, immigrants, tenants, domestic workers and faith communities on a wide range of economic and social justice issues. She is passionate about organizing and mobilizing communities and bringing a social justice and equity lens into all spaces.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Health for All: Centering Racial Justice, Power, and Organizing

Power imbalances and their manifestation into “isms”, including racism, are at the root of health inequities, but the public health field hasn’t always meaningfully contributed to struggles for racial justice. We will discuss strategies to bring an explicit focus on racism and social justice into health equity work. We will begin by collaboratively deepening our understanding of how racism influences health and the importance of using organizing to advance our vision of a society that supports health for everyone. We will share examples of how using a public health frame with an explicit racial justice focus has contributed to power-building campaigns for worker and immigrant rights, as well as in the context of social conditions that shape health, such as mass incarceration.

Participants will then have an opportunity to think through how health framing and resources can contribute to racial justice organizing work in their own communities at multiple levels of influence spanning the spectrum of interpersonal to structural change work. This includes how organizers can partner with health professionals and vice versa to shift storytelling, research, and data analysis. This interactive workshop aims to bring together both organizers and people working in health and public health policy to strategize about building a collective movement for health equity that centers racial justice, power, and organizing.

Speakers: Sari Bilick, Paula Tran Inzeo, Logan Harris