American Association of Suicidology 4/22-4/25/2020

The 53rd Annual AAS (American Association of Suicidology's) Conference

April 22 – 25, 2020

Location:  Portland (OregonMarriott Downtown Waterfront

Equity Framework for the Conference

This year’s AAS conference looks at suicide prevention through an equity lens. Healthy People 2020 describes health equity as the “attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.” It is different from equality, which suggests sameness. In the Call For Papers, we asked you to write an equity statement as part of your proposal. If you are interested in learning more about equity, we recommend the SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity for definitions and resources for specific populations. Also, the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) health equity website has additional resources. Their fact sheet titled Creating the Healthiest Nation: Advancing Health Equity may be particularly useful in preparing your equity statement. We look forward to you working with us to understand, address, and ultimately eliminate disparities in suicide prevention!

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