Friday, September 14
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

General Information
Join us for the third Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit! The Summit will bring together Western Massachusetts practitioners, community leaders, and students to take steps that advance health equity in the region by working, learning, and taking action together. The Summit is geared toward a wide range of practitioners, professionals, young adults, and community leaders. The Summit Planning Team is inspired by a vision of health equity in which all residents of the four Western Massachusetts counties are able to achieve well-being because unjust and avoidable obstacles are replaced with equitable policies and practices. Our vision is to chart a path towards increasing equity in all aspects of health. The Summit will provide information, opinions and actionable next steps to encourage participants to be an advocates in their communities and be able to support their own communities to join a network to address regional issues for positive and lasting change.

So that we can insure enough seats, food, and materials, we strongly encourage you to register online, now! The event has been fully-subscribed in the past. 

Registration includes Summit 2018 participation plus a light breakfast and a buffet lunch

Registration Type                   Standard Registration               Student/Senior Registration       
Early bird (by August 24) $30 $10
Regular (by September 7) $50 $10
Late (on or after September 8) $80 $20
Day-of/On-Site $90 $25

*A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration. Please contact Risa Silverman at to request one. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Planning Committee

Catalina Arredondo
UMass Amherst
student intern

Dayna Campbell
American International College

Paul Coly
Servicenet and Volunteer

Cheryl L. Dukes
UMass Amherst College
of Nursing     

Brenda Evans
UMass Amherst SPHHS Center
for Community Health Equity Research

Sean Fallon
Mercy Medical Center

Andrea Freeman
Massachusetts Public Health Association

Sophie Howard
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts

Jennifer L. Kimball
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Luz Lopez
MetroCare of Springfield

Lena Marceno
Springfield Department of Health and Human Services

Elizabeth O'Gilvie
Springfield Food Policy Council
Gardening the Community

Lauren Parr
UMass Amherst student intern     

Laura Reedy
UMass Amherst
student intern 

Synthia Scott-Mitchell
Springfield Partners for Community Action, Inc.

Risa Silverman
UMass Amherst School of Public
Health and Health Sciences

Laura Sylvester
The Food Bank of Western

Betsy Shally-Jensen
Cooley Dickinson Health Care

Rachel Stoler
Franklin Regional Council
of Governments

Giselle Vizcarrondo
Tapestry Health

Kathy Wicks
Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts
Ben Wood
Massachusetts Department of Public Health