The School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, along with a coalition of public health leaders, is co-hosting the first-ever Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit on Thursday, October 2, 2014, in the Campus Center at UMass Amherst. The summit will bring together representatives from four counties to take steps to achieve more health equity in western Masschusetts by working, learning, and taking action together. This event is the first of its kind in the region. Amanda Navarro, a leading health disparities analyst at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity, will be the keynote speaker.
The summit’s steering committee includes: Baystate Health, City of Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, Mason Square Health Task Force, Massachusetts Public Health Association, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences. Scores of other community leaders and practitioners are helping prepare the conference which will focus on capacity-building with data sources, creativity, workforce development, and young adult participation.
If you would like to get involved in the planning process or be a financial sponsor, contact Risa Silverman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (413) 545-2529. Look for registration beginning in July.