HEI Summit 2018

Engaging New Allies in the Health Equity Movement: A Partnership Summit

Friday, February 23, 2018 (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM)
c/o Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)
New York, NY
To view a final agenda CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to view summit program. 



About the Summit

This 2018 Summit will build on the elements that worked successfully in HEI's 2016 Summit and incorporate new themes that will expand the reach of the health equity movement. It will bring together health care professionals, community leaders, students, government staff, policymakers, community development leaders, urban planners, architects, transportation specialists, educators and public health practitioners, among others. The Summit will inform and engage participants through two distinct pathways: one dedicated to engagement through innovation think tanks and case studies on important determinants of health that emerged from the participants' feedback at the 2016 summit; and the other dedicated to presentations, training, case studies and consensus building on strategies for multisectoral partnerships via community and public engagement.

Participants will:

  • Hear from experts from multiple sectors and disciplines
  • Engage in furthering the health equity agenda by acquiring skills and training to engage new allies in the health equity movement
  • Contribute to establishing a path forward on key priorities for health equity by participating in our Innovation Think Tanks
  • Share stories of community-driven leadership and solutions in support of health equity
  • Pledge new partnerships at the conference

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Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker, Tonya Lewis Lee.

Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer, Tonya Lewis Lee has been hard at work for twenty years to deliver quality content and information across many platforms.  Through storytelling on-line, in books, in film and television, she has sought to inspire self-esteem, entertainment and positive health outcomes. In particular, her efforts across two US administrations for nearly a decade with the program, A Healthy Baby Begins with You, a national program to address U.S. disparities in infant mortality rates, has delivered valuable health information to millions of women and communities, and has also inspired Tonya to do even more. Read more.


Summit Organizing Committee 2018
Name HEI Affiliation/Titles Professional Affiliations/Titles****
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL

Founding President, Board of Directors

1) Senior Lecturer, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
2) Editor Emerita, and former Editor-in-Chief (2013-2017), Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media, and Engagement in Global Health
3) Founder and Principal, Strategic Communication Resources
4) Adjunct Associate Professor, Long Island University-Brooklyn

Alka Mansukhani, Ph.D, MS

Founding Treasurer, Co-Vice President, Board of Directors

Associate Professor, New York University School of Medicine

Upal Basu Roy, Ph.D, MS, MPH

Co-Vice President, Board of Directors

1) Director of Translational Science Research Program, LUNGevity Foundation
2) Project Leader, The Solution Lab, Inc.

Glenn Ellis, MPH, CHCE

Board Secretary, Board of Directors

President/Founder of Strategies for WellBeing, LLC
Lenore Cooney

Member, Board of Directors

1) Founder and former Chair/CEO, Cooney Waters Group
2) Principal, LCooney Consulting

Friso van Reseema, MPH

Member, Board of Directors

VP, Business Development, CipherHealth

Carmelo Cruz Reyes, MPH

Member, Health Equity Initiative

Senior Contract Manager, Emblem Health

Lalitha Ramanathapuram, MS, PhD, MPH

Member, Health Equity Initiative

Program Manager-Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jennifer Weiss, MPH

Member, Health Equity Initiative

Public Health Consultant

Doree Damoulakis, MPH

Member, Health Equity Initiative

Public Health Project Manager and Research Analyst

Karen Mangasarian, PhD, JD

Member, Health Equity Initiative

Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP

Radhika Ramesh, MA

Senior Project Manager

Senior Editorial Assistant, Journal of Communication in Healthcare: Strategies, Media and Engagement in Global Health, Taylor & Francis

Naomi Oledibe

Project Coordinator Health Science Graduate, Boston University

Latisha Faroul

Communications and Marketing Intern Public Health Graduate, Montclair State University

** Organizational affiliations are listed here for identification purposes only and do not imply any endorsement by the organizations.

For information on how to become a 2018 Summit sponsor, CLICK HERE


Summit Allied Organizations

Summit Allied Organizations (SAOs) are organizations that share with HEI a strong commitment to advancing health equity, support the 2018 Summit's goals, and contributed to several strategic aspects of the Summit.  We are grateful for their participation!


Supporters and Sponsors 


In-kind Sponsor 


Discounted Hotel Rates for Summit Participants

Health Equity Initiative has secured discounted rates at these hotels as a courtesy to summit's participants. Links to hotel reservation pages that provide access to these special rates can be accessed by clicking on the logos below.  However, HEI is not associated with any of the companies listed below and neither has received any contribution from them. 

For information on our inaugural 2016 Summit and the 2016 Summit Report and Recommendations, click here.

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