Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit

SPRING 2022Coming to communities across Western Massachusetts: A free, multifaceted evening of transformational inspiration, including storytelling, live performance, film screening, site-specific cultural exploration, festive refreshments, and intergenerational conversations on racism and community health in our region.

What becomes possible when we ask:

  • What would a world without racism look like?
  • What would it be like if quality healthcare were accessible to all?
  • How can we embrace and support wellbeing in all its manifestations?
  • What could healthy communities look like…and accomplish?

These are some of the questions we continuously ask ourselves in our work at the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network. We have also explored this vision at three biannual summits that, since 2014, have brought together people from throughout our region who care about and are working for racial justice, policy change, and health for all, in all its many aspects.

This year, instead of one large gathering, we’ve commissioned a film that will serve as a centerpiece to meaningful discussions and action on health equity across Western Massachusetts. For the first time, we will bring these important discussions to towns throughout our region—and beyond—with thought-provoking events that amplify the voices of people working within and for our communities of color toward equity, justice, and representation in all aspects of life—including healthcare.

These free events include the screening of our new film, MOSAIC, which highlights the transformational work of local leaders of color and other voices from the Connecticut River Valley to the Berkshire Hills, plus live performances, refreshments, a panel discussion and Q&A, and cultural programming specific to each venue. Events will be held in Amherst, Holyoke, Springfield, Great Barrington, Florence, and Turners Falls from mid-April through May.

Visit our film website at https://wmhenfilm.org/ to learn more.