The following short report lays the groundwork for rethinking the practice
and implications of public health leadership in the context of liberation
health. Liberation health reduces to a universal idea:health is freedom. In short, everyone holds a subjective notion of
health and, within certain bounds, has the right to promote and maintain that
health. This report briefly describes liberation health, discusses the implications
of liberation health for public health leadership, and outlines two needed
transformations in moving towards a liberation health model of leadership. The
report details areas for future research on this topic among public health
leaders and within public health curricula.
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