This November we had a record turnout for the MPHA Annual Meeting and Expo with more than 450 advocates and professionals working in public health, health care, and economic and community development. We received tremendous support from the public health community including 40 statewide organizations that sponsored or exhibited at the event, many of whom also paid the way for more than 120 students.
This year’s annual meeting could not have been more timely nor our work together for health equity more critical. We have not and will not stand by if policies are pursued at the federal level that will further disadvantage low- income communities and communities of color. Doing so would have a devastating effect on our state and our nation’s health. Click on the link to read our statement on ‘Standing Up for Justice and Fighting Racism’.
Please visit MPHA’s Annual Meeting event page for resources on combating racism and promoting health equity, including presentations by Dean Sandro Galea and APHA Immediate Past President, Camara Jones. We urge you to use these toolkits and resources in your work and in your organizing efforts. We also encourage you to contact us for more information on our new MPHA Health Equity Policy Framework that along with our strategic plan, will guide MPHA’s policy setting in the future.
Thank you to our partner Dave Weed from Voices for a Healthy South Coast for sharing photos and videos from the Moving the Public Health Agenda #NoRacialJusticeNoPublicHealth. You can also view photographs from the event on MPHA’s Facebook Page, here.