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FIHET/ASTHO Webinar: Voice your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative
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When: March 30, 2016
3:00-4:00 EDT
Where: United States

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New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and the New York State Minority Health Council convened Community Listening Sessions in New York State in 2015, in areas legislatively defined as Minority Areas (MA) (areas with a 40% or greater racial and ethnic populations) and which bear a disproportionate burden of poor health. The Listening Sessions utilized a community led, bottom-up approach to identifying and discussing complex health and social problems. This approach was based on the key principal that underlies place-based initiatives, wherein priorities and action plans are determined by the community – by the people impacted by health inequality – while the governmental agencies and service organizations serve as allies to a “bottom-up” process. This allows the community to create its space, identify and set priorities, and discuss strategies that can achieve improved health and long-standing social change.

Presenters will:
1. Provide a contextual framework on health disparities and emerging place-based interventions; and
2. Discuss the application of a place-based initiative through community-led listening sessions; and
3. Articulate how the lessons learned will be used to develop policies, allocate resources, and support an infrastructure that
works best for communities across the state.

Voice your Vision: A Community Engagement Initiative

Yvonne J. Graham, Director, Office of Minority Health &Health Disparities Prevention,
New York State Department of Health
Raul Vasquez, President, The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN)
Lori V. Quigley, Dean, Esteves School of Education, Professor of Literacy Education, The Sage Colleges, New York
Lenora Reid Rose, Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health Care,
Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Kristen Pergolino, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention,
New York State Department of Health
Amen Ptah, Digital Media Specialist/Program Coordinator, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County;
Tele Counselor II, 2-1-1/Lifeline

DATE: March 30, 2016

TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

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The Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) is a group of 12 federal agencies convened under the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders that are committed to action. The FIHET provides a forum for federal agencies to increase dialogue between traditionally siloed programs in ways that enhance cross-agency coordination, maximally leverage existing resources, and increase the impact of federal resources on conditions within communities.
The Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO's primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health.

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