Black and yellow presentation slide reading "The publics' experiences (is not equal to) The lens of the orthodoxy"

The publics’ experiences ≠ The lens of the orthodoxy

The first is that the publics — as in the publics in public health, their experiences of the world, particularly as they are structured in an inequitable society — shape the ways in which they engage in their everyday lives, the choices that are available and that they make, the behaviors they engage in or don’t engage in.

This isn’t rocket science, but what is often neglected is that that very knowledge may often lie in direct opposition to the working knowledge that surrounds our work in public health, and how public health is defined within our fields.

By doggedly pursuing strategies that are defined by our existing knowledge, by what the orthodoxy thinks is important for protecting and promoting people’s health, we may fail some groups of people.

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