The Center for Health Equity and Social Justice convenes members of the New England Partnership for Health Equity (NEPHE) at two New England Health Equity Summits each year.
The Summits provide participants of the NEPHE an opportunity for networking and sharing.
During the bi-annual Summits, participants work together in plenary sessions, workshops, and formal and informal conversations to share their work, develop a collective understanding of the social determinants of health and a health equity framework, and develop strategies for building health equity. Each fall and spring, the Summits bring together nine Boston-based and eight New England-based grantees and three funding partners: the Office for Health Equity and the REACH CEED at the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Latino CEED REACH New England at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.
Summit themes and logic:
"Understanding the Social Determinants of Health"
- Introduction to the social determinants of health and the role of racism in health disparities
- Introduction to the health equity framework
"Health Equity: From Theory to Practice"
- Strategies for addressing racism and the SDOH: media/communications, policy, community organizing, etc.
- Case studies and best practices of work happening at the local level, organized by key SDOH : education, housing, food access, and the built environment
"The Role of Policy in Building Health Equity"
- Understanding policy at multiple levels: organizational, community, local, state, federal
- Setting a policy agenda for your agency/coalition
"Racial Justice as a Public Health Issue"
- Framing health equity issues with a racial justice lens; the role of racism in shaping health outcomes
- Building programatic sustainability: measuring and reporting progress; how to begin planning for sustainability
"Sustainability: More Than Just Funding"
- Understanding "sustainability" as more than just a funding issue; how to strategically pursue resources that will sustain policy and systems change efforts
- Discussions with funders about the future of public health and health equity funding; examples of initiatives and organizations that have sucessfully sustained their efforts