Ommunicating the Social Justice Perspective

For this Discussion, you are asked to consider a scenario in which you, as a public health leader, have the opportunity to articulate the Social justiceperspective of public health to an individual who holds a market-justice position and who also has a lot of influence within the community.

As Heifetz and Linsky (2003) observe in one of your readings this week, Leadership is an improvisational art. You may be guided by an overarching vision, clear values, and a strategic plan, but what you actually do from moment to moment cannot be scripted. You must respond as events unfold(p. 45). Nevertheless, to help prepare you improvisational opportunities in the future, think through and Scriptwhat you hope you would do and say in the following scenario. Reflect carefully on how best to influence this individual and what might be gained by explaining the social justice perspective that informs public health.


You are the Director of the local public health department. You are at a social event one evening with many political leaders and influential community members. You meet one particularly influential person who is an avowed Market justiceadvocate (even if he or she doesnt use that terminology). You introduce yourself. The person looks puzzled and replies, Public health, huh? You know, I dont know much about public health. What are you guys all about? What do you do? What are your values?How would you respond?

a? What would you tell this person in order to communicate the social justice perspective and values to this market-justice leader in the community?
a? Identify and discuss 2a 3 of the principles you learned from this weeks Learning Resources on influencing others and surviving as a leader that you would want to apply in this scenario.

a?Article: Heifetz, R. A., & Linsky, M. (2002). A survival guide for leaders. Harvard Business Review, 80(6), 65-72 (see attached).
a?Gostin, L., & Powers, M. (2006). What does social justice require for the publics health? Public health ethics and policy imperatives. Health Affairs, 25(4), 1053-1060 (see attached).