Upcoming Events
Membership Launch Event for Health Equity Initiative – Join the Movement

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
10:30 am – 12:00 pm (EST)
Jacob Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Room
New York, New York

RSVP by April 25, 2014, 5:00 PM (EST)

It’s time to break down the silos & build one community.

Become part of a social movement committed to advancing health equity via multisectoral solutions. HEI is finally evolving into the multisectoral membership organization you have asked for!

Learn more about our multisectoral membership opportunities and hear from esteemed experts from various sectors at HEI’s Membership Launch Event. Read more.

Professional Development Workshops

To date Health Equity Initiative has trained 200+ professionals from multiple sectors (both from the United States and international/global settings and organizations) via its professional development programs.  Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2014 workshop series and member-only special rates.  HEI is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) Continuing Education (CE) credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).

To view the schedule for our past Fall 2013 Online Workshops as well as a partial list of past participants click  here.  To inquire about a customized workshop at your organization, email

For information on past or recurring workshops go to our Workshop Descriptions page here.

Recent/Past Events
Health Equity Initiative at the 141 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (Boston, Nov. 2-6, 2013)

Risk Communication and Social Norms

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

8:30-10:00 am

Materials Contest Award Presentations

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

10:30am-12:00 pm

Kick-Off Meeting Re: Multisectoral Membership Association

HEI is considering evolving into a multisectoral membership association solely dedicated to health equity/health disparities. As a follow up to our online survey in early 2013, whose participants expressed an overwhelming interest in this idea, we organized a kick-off public meeting on August 20, 2013 to secure input of HEI followers on key elements of the association’s strategic plan as well as membership benefits. A second meeting was held online on September 26, 2013. Thanks to all who were able to participate!


Health Equity Brown Bag Talks
Influencing Health Equity-Related Policy in Urban Settings









Simone-Marie L. Meeks, MS
Director, Community & Legislative Outreach
Office of the President
The New York Academy of Medicine


Tracy Pugh, MHS
Policy Associate, Health Policy

The New York Academy of Medicine


Thursday, April 25, 2013
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Multi-sectoral Perspectives on Advancing Health Equity in Urban Settings

Karen K. Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC
Director, Built Environment and Healthy Housing,
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Skye Duncan, MSAUD
Associate Urban Designer at the Office of the Chief Urban Designer
New York City Department of City Planning

Monday, November 19, 2012
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Health Equity Initiative
305 Seventh Avenue
11th Floor Training Room
New York, NY

Reaching Underserved Communities in Urban Settings: Perspectives on Culturally Competent Interventions

Paulette Spencer, MPH, MA
Program Director, The Bronx Health Link

Monday, June 25, 2012
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Health Equity Initiative
305 Seventh Avenue
11th Floor Training Room
New York, NY

Health Equity: Strategies from Low-Income Countries

Alyssa Sharkey, PhD
Health Specialist, UNICEF

Beth Bresslauer, PhD
Manager, Membership/Advisory Services, GBC Health

Monday, Feb 27, 2012
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Health Equity Initiative
305 Seventh Avenue
11th Floor Training Room
New York, NY

Think National, Act Locally towards Health Equity

Isabel M. Estrada-Portales, PhD, MA
Director of Communication, U.S. DHHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Health Equity Initiative
305 Seventh Avenue
11th Floor Training Room
New York, NY


Health Equity Initiative Open House

Monday, December 10, 2012
5 pm – 7 pm
@Health Equity Initiative
305 Seventh Avenue
11th Floor Training Room
New York, NY

Participants at Health Equity Initiative’s Open House:

  • Learned about our capacity building, community engagement, and research programs
  • Received free resources and copies of presentations from our past events and workshops
  • Participated in our open house raffle
  • Shared ideas and networked with colleagues
  • Explored opportunities for future collaborations and partnerships

Health Equity Initiative at the 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities!

The 2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities(NIMHD) will be held December 17 – 19, 2012 at National Harbor, Maryland. Do join us at the following sessions/presentations:
Building Community-Campus Partnerships to Prevent Infant Mortality: Lessons Learned from Building Capacity in Four U.S. Cities
Poster Presentation
Poster Session I
Poster Number: T09-006
Monday, December 17, 2012
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Preconception health and peer-to-peer communication:  Assessing results of a national program for infant mortality prevention
Oral presentation
Session C1-14 – Healthcare Disparities and Quality Research
Monday, December 17, 2012
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Raising the influence of community voices on health equity via an integrated communication and community engagement approach 
Poster Presentation
Poster Session 2
Poster Number F15-014
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Health Equity Initiative at APHA Annual Meeting 2012!

HEI was at the following sessions at the APHA 140th Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco, CA:
Building public health capacity to address health disparity
Monday, October 29, 2012
10:30 am – 12:00 am
Building community-campus partnerships to prevent infant mortality: Lessons learned from building capacity in four U.S. cities
Monday, October 29, 2012
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Sports for Health Equity Video Screening
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Social media exposure and health behaviors
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm