Health Equity Initiative celebrated this very special milestone with its board members, team, partners, and its broader community at a virtual event on Dec. 9. We reflected on the many lessons learned during this remarkable journey, such as the importance of purposeful conversations with a community of people who share a passion for health equity, the necessity of always anticipating change without losing clarity of purpose and focus, the essential role of community and patient engagement in policy and intervention design, and the central role of trust in everything we do to advance health, racial, and social equity.
Here is a summary of lessons learned, Advancing Health Equity—10 Lessons from 10 Years! as presented by HEI's Founder and Board President, Dr. Renata Schiavo at the event. See also a video with highlights from the past 10 years.
Several themes and future directions also emerged from the moderated community conversation that followed the group reflection, including the importance of engaging new players in the health equity movement, with an emphasis on those who have the power to facilitate change, the role of various forms of arts in building awareness of health equity issues and mainstreaming the idea of health equity, and the need to further explore the link between community and patient trust and cultural humility.
We know that across organizations and communities we still have a steep path ahead to achieve health, racial and social equity, and look forward to your continuous support and engagement on achieving health equity! In the meantime, Happy 10th birthday, Health Equity Initiative!
Renata Schiavo, PhD, MA, CCL
Alka Mansukhani, PhD, MS
Radhika Ramesh, MA
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