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Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit

Join ASTHO, CDC's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the Prioritizing Equity in Public Health Leadership Summit, a series 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.

The summit is a weekly webinar series taking place every Friday in March, culminating in a virtual meeting on April 21.

Leading Equity Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

This session will feature public health leaders discussing the fundamental drivers of health inequities and how public health agencies can advance equity-driven policy actions. Participants should expect to walk away with innovative policy solutions to narrow the gap in health inequalities.

This event is full. A recording will be made available on this page shortly.  

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Transforming Public Health Through Leadership, Justice, and Racial Healing

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

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

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

This session will feature 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 will facilitate this conversation on how public health agencies can support efforts that move the country towards racial healing.

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Institutionalizing Equity: Public Health Leaders Advance Organizational Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Health Equity Virtual Meeting

 Health equity virtual meeting on April 21, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

This half-day virtual meeting will provide a forum for state and territorial health practitioners to learn about emergent public health issues and apply evidence-based and promising practices to address structural racism and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. The summit will feature keynote presentations from national thought leaders, breakout discussions, and real-world case examples that can be applied to current public health challenges.

Most sessions will be adjourned by 5 p.m. There will be an invite-only discussion that runs from 5-6 p.m.

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