Dartmouth-Hitchcock is partnering with the Vermont and New Hampshire Public Health Associations to present a thorough and thoughtful day-long conference to explore the many factors that either enable or interfere with addressing conditions leading to health inequity. The Team Up, Take Action Health Equity Conference/Schumann Lecture will be held on November 15, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, at the Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH.
Presenters and breakout sessions will delve into identifying key levers such as policy, system and environmental changes, types of partnerships and relationships and other elements needed to be successful in advancing health equity. By targeting our work to produce the greatest health benefits for disadvantaged groups, ultimately, all our communities benefit.
Health equity means that everyone has the chance to be as healthy as possible. Health equity means reducing and eliminating disparities in health and its determinants that adversely affect excluded or marginalized groups. Health equity is inextricably linked with opportunity. It requires addressing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments and health care. Health equity is fundamental to building a vibrant society because of its practical, economic and civic implications and impact on individuals living a good life.
Conference break-out sessions will pertain to:
- Organizational capacity and infrastructure to advance health equity
- Collecting and using data to advance health equity
- Growing strategic community partners to advance health equity
- Health Equity in practice
Opening Speaker: Dr. James Weinstein, former CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Dr. Weinstein chaired the Committee on Community-Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States for the National Academy of Sciences that produced the report Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity published January 2017.
Schumann Lecturer (4:00-5:30 PM): Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, family physician, epidemiologist, and former President of the American Public Health Association. Her work focuses on the impacts 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 (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).