Rodriguez-Monguio keynotes Hampden County Public Health Improvement Forum

November 12, 2014

Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio, Associate Professor and director of the Health Policy and Management program in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, will provide the keynote address at the Hampden County Public Health Improvement Forum being held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Holyoke Community College's Kittredge Center.

Co-sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the forum was developed by a planning committee of public health professionals and elected officials in response to consistently low rankings for public health outcomes in Hampden County—the lowest of the 14 counties in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These outcomes include having the highest rates of tobacco smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, motor vehicle crash fatalities, and sexually transmitted infections, all of which have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “winnable battles.” The forum has been designed to review the economic costs incurred as a result of Hampden County’s poor health, while also allowing stakeholders and decision makers to strategize a unified vision plan for the county to improve health outcomes.

Rodriguez-Monguio will present the keynote address focusing on health and economics. Alumnus Soloe Dennis, MS ’07, the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Western Regional Health Office, will deliver the welcoming remarks.

The program includes afternoon breakout sessions and a panel discussion from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dr. Frank Robinson, Executive Director of Partners for a Healthier Community, will moderate a panel including Aaron Vega, State Representative, Fifth Hampden District; Carlos Gonzalez, State Representative-elect, Tenth Hampden District and President/CEO of the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce; Victoria Healy, Executive Director of Health South; Cristina Huebner Torres, Vice President of Caring Health Center; and Lynn Ostrowski, Director of Corporate Responsibilities and Government Affairs at Health New England.

For more information on the event, visit the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission website.