Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #204
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELLED: Tackling Health Equity Through an Application of Behavioral Principles, Partnerships, and Public Health Frameworks
Sunday, May 28, 2023
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Area: PRA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Vicki Collie-Akers, Ph.D.
Presenting Authors:
Abstract: Advancing equity and addressing preventable disparities in health outcomes, such as chronic diseases, is a critical focus of multiple disciplines, including public health and behavioral science. An important strategy in the efforts to improve population-level health outcomes and equitable conditions for health is engagement in multi-sector partnerships. Such partnerships require the integration of principles and frameworks from diverse disciplines. Further, they often necessitate working to establish relationships, build the capacity of contributors, and intentional efforts to reconcile differences in the application of principles from different disciplines. In this session, Dr. Collie-Akers will describe participatory approaches to addressing health equity and the connection to behavioral science principles. Secondly, she will highlight an example of a multi-sector collaboration working to address inequitable conditions impacting key health behaviors among Latinos and strategies on how to build such partnerships. Finally, Dr. Collie-Akers will describe the lessons learned from efforts to integrate behavioral principles and public health frameworks.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Practitioners of Behavior Analysis

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, Participants will be able to: (1) Describe examples of behavioral principles providing the foundation for community-based interventions to address chronic disease and health equity; (2) Discuss how partnerships support efforts and strategies for engaging partners in application of behavioral principles; (3) Describe points of connection between behavioral science principles and public health frameworks



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