More than 250 people gathered on November 18, 2016 for the second Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Keynote Speaker State Representative Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) inspired the audience with promises that Massachusetts will not go back on public health protections for the most vulnerable under the incoming federal administration and that our commonwealth will continue to advance toward health equity.
Jessica Collins, Executive Director of Partners for a Healthier Community and the newly elected President of MPHA, followed Rep. Vega with a poignant presentation on health inequities in Massachusetts. MPHA’s Policy Director Maddie Ribble and Field Director Andrea Freeman provided workshops at the summit on effective advocacy and policy analysis. Other components of the Summit included presentations about:
- Coalition of Western MA Hospitals
- Berkshire County Health Initiative
- Smart Transit for Healthcare
- Mental Health First Aid
- Age Friendly Berkshires
- Franklin County’s Communities that Care
For first-hand comments from Summit attendees, go to search #WMHEN2016 on Twitter.
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