2016 Annual Meeting, Expo & Career Fair

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Across America, entrenched norms and practices continue to influence social determinants of health like income and wealth, educational, and housing with a disproportionate impact on communities of color. On November 16th, more than 450 public health professionals, activists and students came together for the Massachusetts Public Health Association Annual Meeting to address racism as a key social determinant of health, and eliminate racism and its negative impact on health in the Commonwealth.

Keynote speakers Camara Jones (American Public Health Association President 2014- 2017), and Sandro Galea, Dean of Boston University School of Public Health used data to illustrate how entrenched racism has shaped historic and contemporary policies, practices and values. Dr Jones and Dean Galea, engaged members and partners in robust conversations on current local and national racial equity initiatives, sharing tools and resources that organizations can use to combat institutional racism.

Racial justice and public health leaders Monica Bharel, Mayor Curtatone, Monica Valdes Lupi, Alexis Travis and Joseph Krupczynski shared strategies and tools from their work that builds local capacity to name and take action against racism, and discussed opportunities to strengthen collaboration and support for anti-racism interventions.

The movement for racial equity as a public health priority is far from over.  We are pleased to share on this page, racial equity tools and resources designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. Among these resources are presentations from the MPHA Annual Meeting keynote remarks from Camara Jones, and Dean Galea. Also included are resources, tools and articles that were referenced by Monica Valdes Lupi from the Boston Public Health Commission and Alexis Travis from the Worcester Division of Public Health.

Keynote Speakers

Camara JonesCamara Jones, MD, MPH, PHD is President of the American Public Health Association, and a Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care but also attention to the social determinants of health. Continue

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH is Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. In his scholarship, Dr Galea is centrally interested in the social production of health of urban populations, with a focus on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide. Continue


MPHA 2016 Annual Meeting Presentations

Click on the links to view the keynote presentations by Dr. Jones and Dean Galea. Scroll down for a list of tools and resources on combating racism and promoting health equity.

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Sandro Galea
Monica Valdes Lupi

Tools & Resources to Combat Racism and Promote Health Equity

1. Racial Equity Toolkit – An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity

Created by: Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
Description: This toolkit helps identify clear goals, objectives and measurable outcomes; helps engage community in decision-making processes; helps identify who will benefit or be burdened by a given decision, examines potential unintended consequences of a decision, helps mitigate unintended negative consequences and develop mechanisms for successful implementation and evaluation of impact. This tool is for government staff, elected officials and community based organizations.

2. Racial Equity Toolkit- Implementing Greenlining’s Racial Equity Framework 

Created by: Greenlining Institute
Description: This racial equity toolkit is designed to provide policymakers, advocates, and others with an easy-to-follow guide to applying a racial equity lens to any policy issue, using an approach that can be put to work in a wide variety of situations.

3. Racial Equity Toolkit – Assess Policies, Initiatives, Programs and Budget Issues

Created by: Seattle Race & Social Justice Initiative, City of Seattle
Description: The Racial Equity Toolkit lays out a process and a set of questions to guide the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, initiatives, programs, and budget issues to address the impacts on racial equity. Apply the toolkit early for alignment with departmental racial equity goals and desired outcomes.

4. Racial Equity Analysis Tool

Created by: Seattle Public Schools, City of Seattle
Description: The Racial Equity Analysis Toolkit provides a set of guiding questions to determine if existing and proposed policies, budgetary decisions, programs, professional development and instructional practices are likely to close the opportunity gap for specific racial groups in Public Schools.

5. Assessment to Advance Racial Equity

Created by: Race Matters Institute
Description: This tool quickly assesses how your organization doing in its work to advance racial equity? Are you taking the steps that are usually needed to achieve the equitable results you and your constituencies want?

6. Race Matters- Organizational Self-Assessment

Created by: The Annie Casey Foundation
Description: The organizational self-assessment tool raises organizational awareness, starts focused conversations, contributes to the development of equity action plans, and tracks organizational change.

7. Racial Equity Impact Assessment Toolkit

Created by: Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
Description: A Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. REIAs are used to minimize unanticipated adverse consequences in a variety of contexts, including the analysis of proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions. The REIA can be a vital tool for preventing institutional racism and for identifying new options to remedy long-standing inequities.

8. Racial Equity Impact Assessments of Economic Policies and Public Budgets

Created by: Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation
Description: A Racial Equity Impact Assessment is a conscious and careful analysis of the effects of public decisions on different racial and ethnic groups. Conducting a Racial Equity Impact Assessment is a useful tool for assessing the actual or anticipated effects of public policies and budgets in order to identify ways to maximize equity and inclusion and minimize adverse and unanticipated impacts.

9. Race Equity Impact Assessment Guide

Created by: Applied Research Center
Description: The Racial Equity Impact Assessment Toolkit includes sample questions to anticipate, assess and prevent potential adverse consequences of proposed actions on different racial groups.

10. The Racial Equity Impact Assessment

Created by: Voices for Racial Justice
Description: The Racial Equity Impact Assessment helps leaders and communities make better policy decisions by asking key questions before adopting and implementing a new policy. This analysis on the front end reveals the possibility of unintended consequences that would worsen disparities, as well as highlights the positive equity changes that can be achieved.

11. Racial Equity Strategy Guide

Created by: Portland’s Partnership for Racial Equity
Description: This Racial Equity Strategy Guide looks at how a racial equity lens is incorporated into a Citywide and agency-specific approach. It includes an action checklist for all staff and administrative levels of city government to lay a role in achieving racial equity.

12. Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

Created by: The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Description:  This seven step guide provides a clear framework for incorporating a race equity lens directly into policies and programs that support social services. The guide also demonstrates how a race equity lens can be adopted by foundations or other organizations that work directly with systems, technical assistance providers and communities.

13. Talking about Race Toolkit

Created by: Center for Social Inclusion
Description: The toolkit is a collection of key strategies that are necessary in combating the race wedge and advancing racial equity. It is a guide for strategic messaging.

14. Race to Equity Toolkit for Conversation

Created by: YWCA Madison, Wisconsin
Description: The Race to Equity Toolkit for Conversation offers facilitation assistance to school, faith, and community groups that want to discuss the steps they can take to narrow racial disparities in their organizations. The toolkit can be modified in order to address the needs and priorities of your specific group.

15. Racial Equity Learning Modules

Created by: Racial Equity Tools.org
Description: Understanding the System of Racial Inequity is a starting place, ideal for those new to structural racism. These groups might include parents and teachers in K – 12 school communities, higher education professors and administrators, local and national government employees, health care providers, faith-based leaders and practitioners, and community-based cultural workers.

16. GEAR — Getting Equity Advocacy Results

Created by: Policy Link
Description: Getting Equity Advocacy Results (GEAR) draws from the wisdom and experience of seasoned advocates and action researchers to provide useful benchmarks, frameworks, and tools for measuring progress in equity efforts for policy change across a range of issues.

17. Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop

Created by: The People’s Institute for Survival
Description: Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice.


Other Racial Justice Resources and Articles:

  1. Boston Public Health Commission Center for Health Equity and Social Justice
  2. Boston Public Health Commission (2016); Community Engagement Plan (2016 – 2019): A Plan for Advancing Health Equity through Equitable and Inclusive Community Engagement Practices
  3. Central MA Regional Public Health Alliance (2015); Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan: 2016 CHIP
  4. City of Worcester Division of Public Health, UMass Memorial Medical Center, and Common Pathway (2012); 2012 Greater Worcester Region Community Health Improvement Plan
  5. Capitol Region Council of Governments, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (2014); Knowledge Corridor Fair Housing and Equity Assessment
  6. Galea, Sandro (2016); Op-Ed: On Social Divides and Health Divides
  7. Galea, Sandro (2016); 10 steps the Trump administration can take to make America healthy again
  8. Neyfakh, Leon (2014); The Bias Fighters
  9. DiAngelo, Robin (2012) Nothing to add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions
  10. Latino Challenges
  11. The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere – Los Angeles (AWARE-LA)
  12. Moving the Race Conversation Forward
  13. Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation


Thank you to our Pioneer Sponsors for your generous support of the 2016 Annual Meeting, and for being a leader in Moving the Public Health Agenda:

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Thank you to our Mobilizer Sponsors for your valuable contribution and support in Moving the Public Health Agenda:

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Thank you to our Educator Sponsors for your significant contribution and support of public health students:

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Boston School of Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Tufts University School of Medicine
 UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
UMass Lowell Department of Public Health
Worcester Division of Public Health

Thank you to our Leader Sponsors for your meaningful contribution and support of the 2016 Annual Meeting:

MORE Advertising | Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation | Health Resources in Action

Thank you to our sustaining Advocate, Bronze and Silver members and partners
in public health:

AIDS Action Committee | Association for Behavioral Healthcare | AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals 
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Fenway Health | Harvard Street Health Center 
Health Foundation of Central MA | John Snow Inc.  | MA League of Community Health Centers 
MetroWest Health Foundation | Novo Nordisk | Partners for a Healthier Community
Planned Parenthood League of MA

Thank you to our Exhibitors:

AIDS Action Committee Health Library
Bead for Life
Boston Public Health Commission
Citizens for Juvenile Justice
for New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC)
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MA Breast Cancer Association
MA College of Pharmacy and Health Science
MA Department of Public Health
MA Health Officers Association
MA League of Community Health Centers

MA Medical Society
MA Nurses Association
Merrimack College Department of Health Sciences
Muslim Justice League
Planned Parenthood League of MA
Regis School of Health Sciences
Walden University
UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences



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