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EQTY 2023 was a success!

EQTY 2023 explored the past, present, and future of health justice. It convened an audience of experts and change-makers from across the country that is actively working toward advancing health equity in their areas, including hospital leaders, providers, community organizations, payers, and more. Most importantly for our patients and communities, the Summit offered actionable, concrete steps to advance racial health equity.

Missed EQTY 2023? Want to re-live some of the inspiring conversations? Read HealthCity's coverage of EQTY 2023, direct from the conference's floor.

The clear message, spoken aloud by keynote speaker Harriet A. Washington, was to reject futility. Improving health injustice in our communities and across the U.S. is a major challenge, but it’s not insurmountable — we can break down the social, racial, and economic barriers that prevent people from being healthy and living their best lives.

Hear our experts in these inspiring videos from the Summit on empowering Black economic mobility, combatting racism in pregnancy, and striving to achieve equity in diabetes.

Hear from our experts

Time & Location

Thursday, September 14, 2023
8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Artists for Humanity
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter
100 W 2nd St Boston, MA 02127


Keynote speaker

Harriet Washington

Harriet Washington

Award-winning medical writer and editor

Harriet A. Washington captivates audiences with her unique and courageous voice as a medical ethicist, deconstructing the politics surrounding medical issues. She provides historically accurate information on "scientific racism" and sheds light on race, sex, consent, and the abuse of power within medicine through powerful individual stories. Washington challenges established paradigms in the history of medicine, urging for a broader political consciousness of science and technology. Her latest book, Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent, reveals the alarming violation of Americans' right to refuse risky medical research, particularly affecting trauma victims and primarily people of color, who have been subjected to research without their consent or knowledge. Washington is an accomplished science writer, editor, and ethicist, having received numerous fellowships and awards. She has also contributed to prestigious publications and authored books that have garnered critical acclaim.


Pathways to Prosperity: Empower Black Economic Mobility

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The racial wealth gap stands as one of the key drivers of racial health inequity. Panelists will discuss a comprehensive agenda of innovative solutions that aim to reduce the racial wealth gap. They will share strategies that promote financial literacy, support community development initiatives, and encourage partnerships between public and private sectors that can contribute to creating sustainable economic opportunities.

Racism in Pregnancy: Practical Solutions from Health Equity Leaders

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According to the CDC, Black women are more than three times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to die from pregnancy complications or endure lifelong consequences of pregnancy. This panel discussion will discuss the impact of racism during the pregnancy journey, centering on the experience of marginalized people. Panelists will discuss the latest innovations they are implementing to advance equity in pregnancy and foster an honest discussion as to the realities, barriers, and successes of implementing programs to improve pregnancy care for Black people.

Health Equity Foundations: The Community in the Driver’s Seat

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Fostering trust and meaningful community engagement is crucial for advancing racial health equity. This session will showcase practical solutions and strategies that prioritize community leadership in addressing inequities. Panelists will share insights and experiences, offering actionable approaches to cultivate trust and foster authentic community involvement. By exploring the profound impact of genuine community engagement in addressing health disparities and promoting equitable outcomes, attendees will leave inspired with the tools to drive transformative change in their own communities. Together, we can forge a path toward genuine health equity by building trust, implementing actionable solutions, and empowering communities.

Equity in Diabetes: An Action-Oriented Conversation

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According to the American Diabetes Association, Black and Hispanic/Latino/a people are both 1.6x more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to non-Hispanic white people, and Black people are twice as likely to die from diabetes compared to non-Hispanic white people. This discussion will feature a multidisciplinary group of leaders who are at the forefront of addressing these stark inequities via clinical and community-based solutions. Panelists will share practical implementation strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned from their experiences. They will discuss how to develop and lead initiatives that aim to empower patients and address barriers throughout the entire diabetes journey, from prevention to disease management.

Innovation Spotlights

Six individuals will share their cutting-edge innovations that target racial inequities in crucial areas, such as cancer, pregnancy, infectious diseases, chronic conditions, behavioral health, social determinants of health (SDoH), DEIA training, and/or workforce development. Gain insights into inventive solutions that are advancing health equity as these innovators share their visions for a more inclusive and just healthcare system.

Leveraging breastfeeding peer counselors to augment capacity to address unmet basic needs and promote breastfeeding continuation in the NICU
Gabriela (Gaby) Cordova Ramos, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine; Clinical Neonatologist at Boston Medical Center

For us by us: community response & driven solutions to strengthen Boston’s food ecosystem
Dominique Morgan, MPH
Chief Operating Officer, Health Leads

Creation and implementation of an ambulatory safety net
Paula Aguilera, RN
Oncology Nurse, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Racism in SUD treatment
Miriam Komaromy, MD
Medical Director, Grayken Center for Addiction

Social prescribing: bridging the gap between art, well-being for all
Chris Appleton
Founder & CEO, Art Pharmacy

A stakeholder-engaged approach to implementing sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data collection in primary care: Supporting our Chinese community
Amy LeClair, Ph.D., M.Phil.
Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine



Times and events are preliminary and subject to change. Times listed below are EDT.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration and networking

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome and opening remarks

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Keynote Address from Harriet Washington

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Pathways to Prosperity: Empower Black Economic Mobility

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Racism in Pregnancy: Practical Solutions from Health Equity Leaders

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Networking lunch

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Health Equity Foundations: The Community in the Driver’s Seat

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Innovation Spotlights

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Equity in Diabetes: An Action-Oriented Conversation

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Closing remarks

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Networking reception


Panel Speakers

Below is a list of confirmed EQTY 2023 summit speakers and panelists, which will be updated as we add more voices. Click a speaker's name or headshot to see their bio and more information.


Health Equity Accelerator Partners




Artists for Humanity
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter
100W 2nd St
Boston, MA 02127

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