Program Description: The 2018 Health Equity Summit: Building Healthy and Resilient Communities, provides individuals from all walks of life with the opportunity to come together to learn about and discuss current and emerging issues affecting health equity in our state. Health equity means everyone has fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and healthcare. The Summit will highlight current efforts to advance community well-being across Rhode Island, showcase best practices to promote health equity throughout the region, and feature the regional launch of the 2018-2019 Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) President’s Challenge.
1. Strengthening community-led, place-based approaches like RI Health Equity Zones
2. Promoting positive social connectivity
3. Improving community resilience.
Target Audience: Healthcare providers, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, multicultural organizations, substance abuse and mental health service providers, community health workers, higher education, community activists, businesses, emergency response personnel, youth organizations, and local, statewide, and regional government agencies.
At the conclusion of this session, attendees should be able to:
Promote a shared framework for advancing health equity;
Explore recent progress and emerging opportunities and challenges related to addressing health disparities.
Showcase regional, state, and local policy initiatives, systems change, and strategic practices that support the advancement of health equity.
Renew their call to action through cross-sector collaborations, partnerships, and networking opportunities.
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