The Urban Health class will engage with the Los Angeles community through hands-on learning and service to investigate how systemic injustices have shaped the health experiences of underserved groups. Looking into the history of Los Angeles, government regulations, the impact of policies and funding sources, the class will address topics like housing deprivation, food justice, environmental impacts, accessibility to healthcare and ableism. The exploration of these topics will allow for discussions around multiple identities, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, undocumented folks, LGBTQ+, and housing deprived individuals, and how these identities have been and areaffected by systematic oppression. Additionally, this year the class will examine how COVID-19 has made these issues worse and more visible. A connection between history, the social injustices and identities will be made and linked back to health. The class and trip will also provide an optimistic outlook into the work LA’s communities are doing to resist the effects of systematic oppression. By learning from and serving some of LA’s community partners, the class will understand how these neighborhoods are sustaining themselves, their health, and the rights of future Angelenos.
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