Fairness First Campaign
What is Fairness First?
Every person deserves to have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This is health equity. The Fairness First Campaign was established to support inclusive and meaningful conversations in our communities about health equity, fairness, and justice. Every community’s path to achieving health equity and fairness is unique, but we can focus on the systemic, structural, and historical factors of health that impact us all.
The Fairness First Campaign offers four different opportunities to engage in, learn about, and connect around the various types of community and academic work being done in the Southwest to build healthier and more equitable communities for everyone.
We welcome you to become a part of our Fairness First Campaign, connect with others, and be involved in shaping how NAU and communities can work together to advance health equity for all in the Southwest.
Recorded past events
2023, November 28 Fairness FirstX Talk: Finding golden grapes in the community: the foundation for controlling staph infections, a talk with Talima Pearson, PhD. Accordion Closed
Guest: Talima Pearson, PhD
In this conversation, Talima Pearson shares his knowledge on Staphylococcus aureus, the golden grape-like bacteria under a microscope. These pathogens cause infections in various body parts, and while hospitals have made progress in controlling them, infections in the community are increasing. Tal’s research in Yuma, AZ, is groundbreaking, revealing that asymptomatic carriage of these bacteria is much more widespread than previously thought, with variations among different demographics. Understanding these dynamics is crucial for infection mitigation.
2023, May 16 Fairness FirstX Talk: Healing Through Culture: My Journey with Cultural Identity and Mental Health in Graduate School Accordion Closed
(Recorded on May 16, 2023)
Guest: Amanda Hunter, PhD
In this conversation, Dr. Amanda Hunter shares her own experiences as a graduate student, with a spotlight on cultural reconnection and mental health, and how her journey bridges to her research. She discusses her work regarding the development, implementation, and evaluation of a culturally-grounded after-school program intended to strengthen cultural identity, resilience, and self-esteem while preventing substance use in Indigenous youth. This work was supported through the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative Pilot Project Program at NAU.
2022, April 27 Health Justice Futures: Nuestras Historias: Belonging in a Time of Displacement and Immigrant Health Accordion Closed
Guest: Josue Saldivar
Watch the Health Justice Futures recording Nuestras Historias: Belonging in a Time of Displacement and Immigrant Health
During this event, guest speaker Josue Saldivar discusses how immigrants find a sense of belonging in the arts, using creative writing as a vehicle to explore the intersection of immigration status, race, gender, and sexuality. This session will unpack what it means to live on the borderlines of identity, and how geographical borders and anti-immigration policy impact the wellbeing of immigrant communities in Arizona.
Josue Saldivar is an immigrant, LGBTQIA+ community organizer, and a DACA recipient from Tucson, Arizona. Josue has used the power of creative writing to tell stories about immigration, gender, and sexuality. Josue is currently a Program Organizer with Borderlinks, an educational nonprofit in Tucson.
2022, April 6 Health Justice Futures: Emergence: Indigenous Feminisms, Environmental Justice and Health Equity Accordion Closed
Guest: Jihan Gearon
Join the Fairness First Campaign and Jihan Gearon for a discussion on how “Health equity means prioritizing the health of our full selves – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual – and all of our relationships, including those with our homelands and Mother Earth herself. Prevailing values of recent history – patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism, racism – have made full healthiness all but impossible. Yet solving the challenges of today requires that very thing. Practices of reflection and connection, such as art, are tools to bring ourselves and our collective home into healthy balance.” – Jihan Gearon
2022, Feb. 18 Fairness Firstx Talk: Using a Health Equity Lens to Expand Postpartum Care for Women in Underserved Communities Accordion Closed
Guest: Beth McManis, PhD
Dr. Beth McManis discusses community-based efforts to expand postpartum care within underserved communities in northern Arizona. Her work explores how to educate primary care providers, staff and patients about long-term risks for cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions while addressing the social and structural determinants of health that impact the accessibility and quality of postpartum care.
2021, Dec. 7 Health Justice Futures: The Power of Art for Communities with Disabilities Accordion Closed
Guest: Cody Kelly
Watch the recording Health Justice Futures: The Power of Art for Communities with Disabilities
Join us for an online conversation with visual and mixed media artists who will discuss the role of art in supporting and sustaining the well-being of communities with disabilities and creating communities of care.
2021, Dec. 3 Fairness FirstX Talk: Can we predict the risk of West Nile Virus like we predict weather? Accordion Closed
Guest: Joseph Mihaljevic, PhD
This virtual, interactive discussion with guest speaker and NAU Health Equity researcher, Dr. Joseph R. Mihaljevic, addresses the efforts he is involved in to build models that attempt to predict areas in Maricopa County, Arizona, that will have high risk of West Nile virus infections on a week-to-week basis. Dr. Mihaljevic also highlights his use of mathematical modeling and climate data in this endeavor.
2021, Oct. 22 Fairness Firstx Talk: Possibilities for Community Action Research Among the Incarcerated Accordion Closed
Guest: Emily Schneider, PhD
Dr. Emily Schneider discusses her ideas surrounding the necessity of engaging incarcerated individuals in research design, implementation and analysis.
2021 Sept. 29 Health Justice Futures: Visual Art & Indigenous Health Accordion Closed
(Recorded on Sept. 29, 2021)
Guests: Liva’ndrea Knoki & Garrett Etsitty
Watch the recording Visual Art & Indigenous Health
Indigenous visual artists Liva’ndrea Knoki and Garrett Etsitty discuss the necessity of art in the mobilization of Indigenous communities for health justice, the power of visibility, and what health justice means in the context of Indigenous sovereignty, settler colonialism, and community-engaged research.