Funders are invited to attend the 2016 Health Equity Summit sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University on December 8 at the RI Convention Center.

Health equity is the concept that everyone should have the opportunity to attain optimal health status. Unfortunately, this is not a reality in Rhode Island today. Many people experience avoidable and unfair health inequities based on where they were born and what neighborhoods they live in. These factors are known as the social determinants of health.  And many of these factors intersect with other areas of life — education, housing, food, etc., so funders focused on intersecting areas are encouraged to attend as well.

The Rhode Island Department of Health, with its community partners, will be presenting on policies and initiatives to address the following issues:

• Housing Stability (Please note this session is now closed, we’re at capacity!)
• Community Policing Partnerships
• Equitable Solutions in the Face of Climate Change
• Education Innovations
• Food Insecurity and Access
• Built Environment Approaches to Equity
• Behavioral Health
• Community Cohesion
• Partnerships to Sustain Equity
• Health Systems Innovations