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Agenda

Western Massachusetts Health Action Forum
Who Should Attend?

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2001
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: The Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA
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Fee: $20
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8:30
Registration (coffee and light refreshments) ... Exhibits open

9:30
Welcome & Introductions

    Bertram A. Yaffe, Chair, NECON
    Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, Commissioner, Mass. Department of Public Health
    The Honorable Jane Swift, Governor, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (invited)

10:00
Keynote Address: "Disparities in Health Indices: Race, Economic and
Social Status"

    William A. Darity, Ph.D., Professor of Public Health (Emeritus), School of Public Health, UMass Amherst

10:45
A Call to Action

    Panelists will discuss key Western MA health issues: Access to Care, Adolescent Health, HIV/Hepatitis, Substance Abuse and Asthma

    Xenia Rosado Merced, Manager, Community Outreach Department, Holyoke Hospital
    Joseph Boone, Coordinator, Springfield Adolescent Health Project
    Jeffrey Scavron, M.D., Medical Director, Brightwood Health Center
    Linda Small, Executive Director, Children's Health Program, Great Barrington, MA

    Moderator: TBA

11:30
Getting An Action Orientation

    Panelists will address "how to's" of community based and regional action to prevent and eliminate Western MA health disparities

    Bobbie Orsi, B.S., R.N., CDE, Community Education & Outreach, Berkshire Medical Center
    Honorable Ellen Story, Massachusetts House of Representatives
    Maria Morales Loebl, Executive Director, Spanish American Union, Inc.
    Sonia Bouvier, Prevention Specialist, Lower Pioneer Valley Resource Library, MA Prevention Ctr.

    Moderator: Dr. Frank Robinson, Executive Director, Partners for a Healthier Community

12:30
Lunch & Networking ... Exhibits will be open

1:45
Keynote: "Making the 'Action - Vision' Connection"

    Helen Caulton-Harris, M.A., M.Ed., Director of Health & Human Services, City of Springfield

2:30
Action Planning Sessions
(on registration form, please select one to attend)

  • Access to Care
  • Adolescent Health
  • HIV/Hepatitis
  • Substance Abuse
  • Asthma

4:00
Adjournment

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