The Child Health Equity Center is hosting the first annual Child Health Equity Community Summit from May 25–26, 2022. The summit is an in-person event. Its purpose is to address the root causes of health inequities and bring together child health equity stakeholders from throughout the region to discuss the threats to child health in Worcester and create a plan for collaboratively addressing these threats.
Participating speakers and community leaders include:
- Tina Cheng, MD, MPH, BK Rachford Professor & Chair of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati; Director, Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation; Chief Medical Officer, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; and Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics
- Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, UMass Chan Medical School; Founding Director, Child Health Equity Center
- Matilde Castiel, MD, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, City of Worcester
The long-term vision of the Child Health Equity Center is to heal children, families, and communities, particularly those most vulnerable, by addressing adverse social determinants of health including poverty and racism, linking communities and healthcare delivery systems, and creating lasting research and policy solutions.
It is hoped that the Child Health Equity Community Summit will promote discussions of how social determinants of health affect children living in Worcester and strengthen community partnerships within the area.
About the Author
Maia Archer is a Child Health Equity Center Intern and emerging Child Health Equity Scholar with an interest in improving the lives of children from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, minoring in French and Public Health, at Boston University and intends to pursue a career in community health with a focus on urban environments.