Leading with Race and Racism to Address Health Inequities
This breakout will present a racial justice framework, which includes new ways to utilize data available on the toxicity of racism, why it is vital to discuss race and racism explicitly while not exclusively, and the role and responsibility of public health agencies, and all organizations & institutions in creating and dismantling systems of oppression. Participants will understand steps the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Community Health and Prevention is taking to mitigate the effects of institutional racism including tools and examples being implemented by programs both internally and in the field.
Presenters: Jennica Allen, Lindsay Kephart, MA Department of Public Health Moderators :Betsy Shally-Jensen, A Positive Place and Cooley Dickinson Health Care; Liz O’Gilvie, Gardening the Community and Springfield Food Policy Council
Data Problems Roundtable
This session will highlight some common challenges with gathering and sharing data when operating with a health equity lens. Community-based researchers will briefly discuss their experiences with collecting data on populations with small numbers, community control of data, and using data to guide priorities. Panelists will individually lead small group discussions following the panel.
Moderators: Brenda Evans, Susan Shaw, Center for Community Health Equity Research & Kathleen Szegda, Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts
Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport: You Can Impact Public Policy!
Hear how two colleagues took a Facebook conversation lamenting the lack of support for working women and turned it into the MA Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act. Then, after hearing key elements of that successful effort to impact statewide policy, participants will learn the basics of how to conduct a low/no-budget power analysis (aka power mapping) to strategically focus advocacy efforts. In small groups, participants will then apply the power analysis tool to sketch a plan to advance a health equity issue in their respective communities.
Presenters: Liz Friedman, Program and Policy Strategist; Lisa Newman, IT Specialist Wellesley College; Maddie Ribble, Director of Public Policy & Campaign Strategy, Massachusetts Public Health Association; The Honorable Ellen Story, former MA State Representative, 3rd Hampshire District; Laura Sylvester, Legislative and Community Partnership Coordinator; The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Moderator: Andrea Freeman, Field Director, Massachusetts Public Health Association
Power Outage: Plugging into Our Alternative Currents
This workshop will explore the importance of having our values honored and embedded within our institutional and economic structures. Doing so can inform our sense of self, our access to our power, and the health of our communities. Join an experiential session provoking awareness of the power we hold within ourselves with attention to the interconnections we have with others.
Hosted by: Giselle Vizcarrondo, Tapestry Health, Hampden County; Rachel Stoler, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Franklin County; Jennifer Kimball, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Berkshire County, and Cheryl L. Dukes, UMass College of Nursing, Hampshire County