Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) and its partners in the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN) have announced a series of virtual conversations related to racism as a public health crisis. The webinar series replace its biannual in-person Health Equity Summit, which has been rescheduled to September 24, 2021, and will cover topics such as COVID-19 and Health Inequities, the Digital Divide and Public Health, Reproductive Health Justice, and Intergenerational Conversations on the future and equity. Read more here.

Learn more about the 2018 Summit below:

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network held its 3rd Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit on September 14, 2018 on the UMass Amherst campus. The Summit brought together practitioners, students, planners and community leaders from across sectors and the four counties of Western Massachusetts. Participants worked, learned, and took important steps toward creating greater health equity in Western MA. Workshops and roundtables covered topics on policy, power, the toxicity of racism, and data and analysis challenges. 

Elizabeth O’Gilvie from the Springfield Food Policy Council & Gardening the Community served as MC. A plenary session titled What do we do Next? New Ideas to Move Health Equity Forward featured speakers Pablo Ruiz from RaiseUp Massachusetts, Gwendolyn VanSant from Multicultural BRIDGE, and Danielle Winters from Arise for Social Justice.

For more information, please contact Risa Silverman in the UMass Amherst Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences: at (413)-545-2529, email: risa@schoolph.umass.edu.

View a photo gallery from the event.