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Welcome to the resource center for the Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Conversation Series.

During the month of March, ASTHO, in conjunction with CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, held a weekly series of webinars as part of the Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit. The series was designed to inspire state and territorial public health leaders, partners, and stakeholders to create innovative policy and practice solutions to reduce structural racism and eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.

Information about the series, recordings, and additional resources are available below.

Leadership and Policy: Actions to Address Racism as a Public Health Issue (March 5, 2021)

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Leadership and Policy: Actions to Address Racism as a Public Health Issue

March 5, 1-2:15 p.m. ET

Speakers:
Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, APHA
Daniel E. Dawes, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC

Moderator:
Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, Past President of ASTHO

This session featured public health leaders discussing the fundamental drivers of health inequities and how public health agencies can advance equity-driven policy actions. Participants walked away from this session with innovative policy solutions to narrow the gap in health inequalities.

A recording of this webinar is now available.  

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Transforming Public Health Through Leadership, Justice, and Racial Healing (March 12, 2021)

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Transforming Public Health Through Leadership, Justice, and Racial Healing

March 12, 1-2:15 p.m. ET

Speakers:
Norman Oliver, MD, State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health
Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd , Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Moderator:
Gail Christopher, PhD, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity

This session featured state and local health officials discussing how they managed multiple crises over the past year during heightened government mistrust while steadfastly working to accomplish their agencies’ missions. National change agent Gail Christopher facilitated this conversation on how public health agencies can support efforts that move the country towards racial healing.

A recording of this webinar is now available.

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Institutionalizing Equity: Public Health Leaders Advance Organizational Change (March 19, 2021)

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Institutionalizing Equity: Public Health Leaders Advance Organizational Change

March 19, 1-2:15 p.m. ET

Speakers:
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer, GVP, AMA
Dwayne S. Marsh, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers
Kou Thao, Director, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health

Moderator:
Renée Branch Canady, PhD, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute

This session featured a discussion on the importance of leadership when implementing organizational changes to advance health and racial equity. Participants learned effective methods to prioritize equity and utilize public health leadership to advance structural transformation.

A recording of this webinar is now available.

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Shifting Power Workshop: Collaborations to Confront the Root Causes of Health Inequities (March 26, 2021)

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Shifting Power Workshop: Collaborations to Confront the Root Causes of Health Inequities

March 26, 1-2:15 p.m. ET

Speakers:
Van Do-Reynoso, PhD, MPH, Director, Santa Barbara County Health Department
Hazel Davalos, Community Organizing Director, Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)
Paula Tran Inzeo, MPH, Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) Group Director, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

Moderator:
Lili Farhang, Co-Director, Human Impact Partners

Across the United States, state and local health departments and community power-building organizations are collaborating to challenge the social, environmental, and economic conditions that create health and racial inequities.

This work is more important than ever given the intersecting and cascading crises of COVID-19, police violence, and housing and economic insecurity. Health departments are accountable to these crises and should increasingly seed and nurture collaborations with groups explicitly focused on building community power as a strategy to achieve health equity. In that spirit, this discussion will highlight a framework to approach this work, along with examples of health department and community organizing collaborations.

A recording of this webinar is now available.

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