As health promotion professionals, many of us were trained in the core public health competencies: planning, implementing, evaluating and researching. However, curricula often leave out the core human skills of public health and life— resilience, authenticity, vulnerability, flexibility, compassion and more. These skills are fundamental to fostering equitable environments and programming as we strive for more equitable health promotion at all levels. By practicing professional authenticity and crucial interpersonal skills via improv exercises in an engaging and supportive environment, you will learn how to foster health equity in the field of health promotion and in other aspects of your life as well.
To intentionally and holistically work to mitigate systemic health inequities, health promotion professionals must have learning environments where they can be authentic, share their lived experience and feel safe to have challenging conversations.
When we center authenticity, connectedness, and resilience, we enhance belonging and listening to understand, which are key pillars to fostering health equity among health promotion professionals and communities (Todić et al. 2022).
Research highlights the importance of interpersonal skills training and application for more effective health promotion as well as more engaged, flexible, and resilient health promotion professionals (McPhee 2022). In this highly experiential workshop, we will play our way to connection and enhanced communication skills, and we will even have the opportunity to collaboratively work on a challenge that participants are encountering in their work to practice putting all these fundamental skills together.