Health Equity and Leadership Conference (HEAL)

The Health Equity and Leadership (HEAL) Conference is a student led initiative coordinated by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellows and sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The HEAL conference intends to:

  • Utilize a health equity lens to generate constructive discourse around current public health issues and events.
  • Create spaces where participants can gain knowledge, awareness, and skills as related to health inequities.
  • Bring together participants of all public health disciplines to share space and be in community.

Health Equity and Leadership Conference 2024
Where Power Comes and Collides: Intersectionality in Health Equity and Leadership
Friday, April 19, 2024 – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Harvard Chan School Campus

HEAL 2024 Schedule and Sessions

This year’s theme embraces the transformative theme of intersectionality and health equity, illuminating the intricate ways in which diverse social identities and systemic inequalities converge to impact public health outcomes. The 2024 conference will feature an array of distinguished speakers and interactive workshops dedicated to exploring the multi-dimensional facets of health disparities, with a focus on fostering inclusive strategies and innovative solutions.

Attendees will engage with topics that span the spectrum of race, gender, socio-economic status, and beyond, aiming to equip public health leaders with the insights and tools necessary to advocate for and implement equitable health practices and policies. Through collaborative dialogue and expert-led sessions, the HEAL Conference seeks to pave the way for a more just and inclusive healthcare landscape, where every individual can achieve optimal health, irrespective of their background or identity.

Keynote Speaker: Lucy Lomas, MD 

“I help women feel empowered about their health through education and prevention by creating safe spaces for women to discuss health concerns where our bodies are celebrated.”

Lucy Lomas MD is an expert in women’s health and wellness. She is leading a community-owned wellness center located in Roxbury that prioritizes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of patients and healthcare workers. Lucy is a board certified OB GYN physician with over 10 years of clinical experience. She serves as the director of community, health and wellness for the New England Medical Association, a network of black physicians.  She graduated from the University of Southern California for Medicine (2009) and Biomedical engineering (2004). Lucy loves creating joyful experiences for her children, family and friends.

The HEAL Conference is open to all and is free of cost. The conference will primarily be held in person at the Harvard Chan School campus. Registration for the conference will open in mid-March.

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