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Wednesday, July 27


11-11:30 a.m. ET

Welcome Remarks
The 2022 Virtual Health Equity Summit is entitled Action with Intention and will focus on inspiring public health and health equity leaders and motivating them to action to advance health equity and address structural racism. Designed for state and territorial health officials and health equity leaders, the summit is also open to the public and will be promoted widely. 

Opening Remarks:

  • Michael Fraser, PhD, MS, CAE, FCPP, CEO, ASTHO

Moderator:

  • Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Health Equity and Diversity Initiatives, ASTHO
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

Opening Plenary: Equity Policy Ensured through Belonging
Our Keynote speaker will challenge governmental public health agencies to be intentional in their approach to advancing health and racial equity. Ms. Ransom will highlight the importance of acting with intention and leading internal organizational change efforts that address structural and institutional racism in health agencies through workforce, data, policy, authentic community engagement, and belonging.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH, Director, National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training

Moderator:

  • Tamira M. Moon, MPH, MCHES, Director, Health Equity and Diversity Initiatives, ASTHO
12:30-1 p.m. ET

Transition Break

1-2 p.m. ET

Fireside Chat: Policy Change - Progress Toward Equity
State public health has a responsibility to ensure a future free from health and racial inequities. This Fireside Chat features a panel of policy innovators and promotors who will touch on the critical importance of initiating and sustaining momentum to address internal and external policy and systems change in state health departments to advance progress in eliminating structural racism and all forms of oppression.

Speakers:

  • Shavon Arline-Bradley, MPH, MDiv, President & Founding Principal, R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions LLC
  • Xavier Morales, PhD, MRP, Executive Director, The Praxis Project  

Moderator:

  • Paula Tran, MPH, (SHO-WI) State Health Officer and Administrator, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
2-2:15 p.m. ET

Transition Break

2:15-3:15 p.m. ET

Breakout Sessions
Breakout sessions will highlight innovations and tactical strategies to advance health and racial equity in governmental public health through workforce, community engagement, and data.

Breakout A.  Advancing Health Equity through Workforce Innovation
The workforce is the most important asset of any organization and the heart and soul of a strong public health system. The pandemic shed light on where there are gaps and opportunities to ensure a skilled, flexible, and health equity-focused workforce infrastructure. Panelists will share experiences and examples of how innovative and creative workforce solutions can advance health equity and address the root causes of disparities.     

Speakers:

  • Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers
  • A.J. Pearlman, Director, Public Health AmeriCorps, US Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator:

  • Denise A. Johnson, MD, FACOG, FACHE, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Breakout B. Power to the People: Communities Changing Systems
Community engagement is critical to the success of systems change and governmental public health relies upon strong community leadership to build community-based solutions for health. The panel will describe place-based collaborative leadership opportunities, community engagement strategies to address poverty, and how to ensure community strength to advance policy and programs intended to build equity.

Speakers:

  • Juanita Maestas, Board Chair, Statewide Poverty Action Network and Co-Lead for the Poverty Reduction Work Group (PRWG) Steering Committee
  • Lindsay Tracy Morgan, Chief Innovation Officer, Washington Department of Health
  • Song Nguyen, MPH, Health Equity Manager, Vermont Department of Health

Moderator:

  • Megan Gaydos, MPH, Program Director, Human Impact Partners

Breakout C: Using Data to Address Root Causes
This panel will introduce participants to the value of applying a racial equity lens to data by conducting a demonstration of the Racial Equity Data Road Map. The Roadmap, created by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and CDC, is a tool for collecting data using a health equity lens to eliminate structural racism. Presenters will highlight a collection of guiding questions, exercises, and resources to assist programs in taking concrete steps to better identify, understand, and take action using data to address racial inequities.

Speakers:

  • Sai Cherala, MD, MPH, Director Office of Data Management and Outcomes Assessment, Office of Population Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Megan Young, MHS, Senior Epidemiologist, Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)

Moderator:

  • Britta Cedergren, MPH, MPA, Director of Family and Child Health, ASTHO
3:15-3:30 p.m. ET

Break

3:30-4:30 p.m. ET

Creating Solutions for Equity Funding Challenges
This panel examines the public health financing system and investigates opportunities to implement innovative strategies to support equitable contracting, monetary community-based support, and finance policies. Panelists will share experiences, reflect on opportunities to evaluate current funding strategies, practices and promote new possibilities to move public health dollars through the agency more efficiently and reach the communities that need the resources the most more effectively

Speakers:

  • David Baden, Chief Financial Officer, Oregon Health Authority
  • Patrick Bernet, PhD, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
  • Susan Kansagra, MD, MBA, Assistant Secretary for Public Health/State Health Officer, N.C. Division of Public Health, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Moderator:

  • John Wiesman (alumni – WA), DrPH, MPH, Past-President of ASTHO
4:30-5:30 p.m. ET

Leaders in Health Equity: Equity through Action Panel Discussion
Health Equity will be achieved only through taking direct policy change at all levels of government. A coordinated approach is needed and requires that federal agencies collaborate and support each other’s efforts. A panel of federal leaders in health equity will discuss the process of building a health equity strategy in each of their agencies and the approaches their agencies will take to advance health equity and address structural racism.

Speakers:

  • Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA, Associate Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH, Director Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Martha Okafor, PhD, MPA, MA, Senior Advisor, Office of Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families  

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey O. Ekoma, MBA, MS, Senior Director, Government Affairs, ASTHO
5:30-5:45 p.m. ET

Key Themes
Remarks will summarize key themes that emerged from the summit and new opportunities to support state and territorial efforts to advance health and racial equity. She will also include information about the next session which focuses on the island jurisdictions.

Speaker:

  • Kimberlee Wyche-Etheridge, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Health Equity and Diversity Initiatives, ASTHO
5:45-7:30 p.m. ET

Break

7:30-9:00 p.m. ET

Centering Island Member Definitions and Approaches to Improve Human Rights  
This session builds on recent discussions with the eight Island jurisdictions at ASTHO’s Atlantic and Pacific COVID-19 Health Equity Action Institutes, which focused on efforts to improve human rights and health equity to address health disparities caused by factors like geographic remoteness, migration, westernization, and public health infrastructure challenges.

Speakers:

  • Keith James, Program Manager, Health Equity, United States Virgin Islands Department of Health
  • Gaafar Uherbelau, Ministry of Health, Health Republic of Palau (THO-Palau)  
  • Jaikiz Chaparro Villanueva, Program Director, Health Equity Program, Puerto Rico Department of Health