BOSTON – Vital Village Networks will host its largest virtual gathering of healthcare workers, caregivers, policymakers, educators, and child advocates during the 2022 National Community Leadership Summit on October 18 and 19. The summit will feature a cross-section of local and national community experts who are dedicated to helping children and families get equitable access to resources that they need to thrive.

This year’s summit theme, Crafting Our Legacy: Collaborative Action for Love, Liberation, and Joy, will highlight community agency to transform systems of health and education and reimagine community-led narratives for future generations. Featured speakers include Tamika D. Mallory, social justice leader and movement strategist, and Tracy Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts, author, thought-leader, and founder of HeART Space. Maternal health advocates Omari Maynard and Bruce McIntyre III, who are featured in the award-winning documentary “Aftershock,” and birth equity innovators, Jessica Roach and Dorian Wingard, will also join the summit.

“This summit is a space that welcomes community leaders, educators, practitioners, and caregivers to share innovative, grassroots solutions and models for advancing racial justice and restoring community health,” said Renee Boynton-Jarrett, founding director of Vital Village.

Workshops, keynotes, and plenaries will focus on innovative community-led strategies to promote cross-sector partnerships between healthcare, public health, education, social service, and parent organizations. Thematic tracks at the summit include: restorative justice, child and youth mental health, birth equity and justice, civic leadership, educational equity and early learning, and community-led strategies to promote food justice and equitable local food systems.

This interactive, two-day (Oct.18-19) virtual summit will offer opportunities for professional and personal development, peer learning, and networking for leaders from across the country who seek to strengthen collective efforts and advocacy for children and families. The summit will also include a Pre-Conference: Data Equity Symposium on Oct. 17 with limited space, as well as post-conference learning journeys that focus on community and parent leadership.


  • Pre-Conference: Data Equity Symposium (Limited Space, by Request Only) - Monday, Oct. 17, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Main Conference - Tuesday, Oct. 18 & Wednesday, Oct. 19, 12:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET

The summit will incorporate the principles of language justice, and sessions will take place in English and Spanish.

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