Upcoming Webinars

Health Equity and the Built Environment: Engaging New Allies in Planning a Healthy City

This three-session webinar series is focused on the concept that "place matters"—that the physical environment can protect against or exacerbate health inequities. The series will center on the intersection of design, planning, community development, and public health, as well as the consequences of different urban design approaches on health equity. It will help people "see" their surroundings and their relationship to health with new eyes, as well as provide resources and tools for increased participation of community leaders and “non-designer” professionals in the urban design process. The series’ intended results include creating a cadre of professionals in relevant sectors who gain insight into how the built environment intersects with issues of safety, access to healthy lifestyles, and a community’s overall physical, mental and emotional health. The webinars will also provide participants with sample resources and steps to become engaged or engage others in the urban design process.
Who should attend: Community leaders and professionals in the fields of public health, healthcare, government, urban planning, design, transportation, education, and others who are seeking (1) a more comprehensive understanding of the urban planning–health equity relationship to provide input and ideas in the urban design process; and (2) essential skills in the theory and practice of community engagement.
Cost: Free

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Save the dates for the webinars and stay tuned for more details.
How to See Health + Space: Urban Design for Non-Designers
June 7, 2017 (Wednesday)
1:00pm–2:00 pm (EST)

Improving the physical environment to advance health equity: Case studies on community engagement
July 19, 2017 (Wednesday)
1:00pm–2:00 pm (EST)

Strategies for urban designers to engage local communities
September 13, 2017 (Wednesday)
1:00pm–2:00 pm (EST)

Past Webinars

Racism? Barriers to Health Equity? Communicating Health Equity
A Conversation with Dr. Dwayne Proctor of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Dwayne Proctor shared what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has discovered about communicating health equity to diverse audiences. Attendees heard and were invited to comment on framing message to engage broad and diverse constituencies. The webinar was moderated by HEI's Founding President, Dr. Renata Schiavo.

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:00 -2:00 pm EST


Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: Recommendations and Call to Action from Health Equity Initiative's 2016 Summit

This webinar included a discussion and Q&A on the recommendations and call to action that emerged from Health Equity Initiative's first-of-its kind 2016 summit, Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: A Partnership Summit. Drawing upon the input and participation of the nearly 115 U.S. and international community leaders, students, and professionals from the fields of community development, public health, healthcare, faith, housing, urban design, architecture, information technology, nonprofit, academia, philanthropy, among others, the summit report and recommendations has implications for health equity, community development, and everyone's ability to thrive and prosper. This webinar was moderated by HEI Board Member and Co-Chair, Public Policy and Membership Committees, Friso van Reseema, MPH, with speakers including HEI Founding President, Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, and HEI Board Member, Lenore Cooney

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Who should attend: Community leaders, professionals, and students from the fields of public health, healthcare, global health, social innovation, transportation, community development, urban design, education, information technology, government, philanthropy, communication, advertising, corporate, nonprofit, academia, and many others sectors and disciplines.


Addressing Health Disparities: Population Health and the Value Proposition (recorded webinar)

Addressing Health Disparities webinar screenshotAchieving health equity in clinical settings requires collaborative efforts among different stakeholders, communities, and professional sectors that contribute to efficient health systems, so that together we can successfully implement best practices that increase equity in quality of care. This webinar was designed to provide a common understanding about best practices to address health disparities as well as diverse perspectives about how participants can work within their institutions and communities to catalyze action around health disparities.

The webinar discussed approaches, models, and case studies to building capacity and spurring the systems changes needed to address health disparities in a coordinated way. Health Equity Initiative's Founding President, Dr. Renata Schiavo, was joined by Distinguished Guest Speaker Dr. Kenneth Smith, Director of Community Development and Health Policy; and Interim Director, Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, University of Texas Medical Branch.

This webinar attracted 90+ registrants and was recorded on October 21, 2015.

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COST: Free
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COST: $10

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