Health Equity Summit to Be Held in Indianapolis Wednesday, August 28

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Health by Design, in partnership with the Indiana Public Health Association, Indiana State Department of Health, and Marion County Public Health Department will host the Health Equity Summit on Wednesday, August 28, at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

The purpose of the summit is to begin changing the conversation about what creates health equity within public health, across government, and in communities. Participants will develop a common understanding of the principles of health equity; hear case studies from Indiana and beyond; learn of available guidance, resources, and tools; and consider the actions and next steps needed to champion transformational change.

“I’m excited to be joining Health by Design partners in changing the conversation around health equity in Indiana,” said Lili Farhang, of Human Impact Partners, who will provide the keynote address and lead a session on strategic practices. “Until communities, institutions, and government agencies are willing to systematically address power imbalances, racism, and other forms of oppression, we cannot make the transformational changes needed to reduce inequities and achieve health and well-being for all.”

Kim Irwin, executive director of Health by Design, added, “Most of us think about health in terms of diseases and medical care. In reality, our well-being and quality of life is largely shaped by where we live, what jobs we have and how much we earn, access to transportation options and healthy foods, exposure to crime and violence, and other factors in our day-to-day environments. Better health outcomes for Hoosiers will only be achieved through changes to polices, systems and practices in every setting, sector, and discipline.”

The summit will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m. To learn more or to register, visit www.healthbydesignonline.org. Sponsorship packages are also available.

For more information contact Kim Irwin, at kirwin@hbdin.org or 317-701-0093.

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