Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN)

The Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network seeks regional strategies and opportunities to create conditions in which communities are able to attain the highest level of health for all residents. To eliminate preventable inequities our work areas include:

  • POLICY: Create a regional policy voice for Western Massachusetts cities and towns
  • RACIAL JUSTICE: Make racial justice a named priority in the Network’s activities
  • MEANINGFUL DATA COLLECTION: Support collection and sharing of meaningful data that emphasizes the voices of often marginalized communities
  • CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION: Build on cross-sector collaborations to include planners, funders, public health, hospitals and health care, and community development corporations

2017 Activities & Topics

Activities:

  • Policy Assemblies
  • Educational and Legislative Forums
  • Regional Summits

Topics

  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Robert Wood Johnson/University of Wisconsin County Health Rankings and Roadmaps to Health
  • Hospital Community Health Needs Assessments and Improvement Plans (CHNAs and CHIPS)
  • Best Practices

What is health equity? Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities. (Healthy People 2020, Health.gov)

How do you advance health equity in your towns and cities? Tag us on Facebook @Western MA Health Equity Network or contribute to the conversation with your story.