LET’S TALK: REDISTRIBUTING POWER TO ADVANCE HEALTH EQUITY INTRODUCTION
7 September 2023
The word power has several different meanings in the public health literature, not all of which are relevant to this evidence review (e.g., statistical power), and a number of words and phrases are being used as synonyms to the concept of power in the public health literature (e.g., “control over one’s destiny”). [...] 2 LET’S TALK: REDISTRIBUTING POWER TO ADVANCE HEALTH EQUITY Supplement 1: The evidence base for focusing on power imbalance as a root cause of health inequities THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS LINKING HEALTH OUTCOMES TO THE CONCEPT OF POWER We begin this evidence review by describing some of the theory that links power to health outcomes. [...] The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) program developed the logic model in Figure 1, linking social and institutional power to health outcomes through three intermediary pathways: health over the lifespan, community conditions, and policies and systems.7 The model identifies three forms of social and institutional power (derived. [...] Those forms of power influence health outcomes directly (health over the lifespan) as measured by population health outcomes and health disparities; community conditions including the built and natural environment, clinical care and services, and social and economic conditions; and policies and systems. [...] In the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, colonial power is referenced repeatedly, as is the power of sexism and violence that has resulted from colonial power.23 6 LET’S TALK: REDISTRIBUTING POWER TO ADVANCE HEALTH EQUITY Supplement 1: The evidence base for focusing on power imbalance as a root cause of health inequities A paper that investi.