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2024 Health Equity Summit

Building Solidarity: Sustainable Pathways towards Health Equity

Monday, October 7, 4 - 6 pm
Poster presentations and kickoff reception

Tuesday, October 8, 8 am - 5 pm 
Workshops and sessions

This is a hybrid event - virtual and in-person.
In-person Location: Double Tree Hotel, 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403 (Google Maps)
Join online: Virtual link coming soon. 

The 3rd Annual Health Equity Summit is a joint effort presented by the University of Vermont Health Network, the Larner College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the University of Vermont. 

Questions? Please email HESummitatuvmhealth [dot] org (HESummit[at]uvmhealth[dot]org) 


Stronger Together

It is undeniable that health disparities and inequities exist within our local and global communities, producing negative consequences for both patients and healthcare workers leading to higher associated risks and less than optimal care outcomes. 

The 2024 Health Equity Summit will showcase the exciting initiatives being developed and implemented across our local and extended communities to dismantle institutional inequities that can lead to poor health outcomes, while improving patient experience, inspiring our communities and advancing health equity. 

Areas covered this year include: 

  • Addressing racial disparities in healthcare 
  • Community-based health initiatives for LGBTQIA populations 
  • Educating the next generation of culturally humble healthcare providers 
  • Leveraging data to drive healthcare policy 
  • Addressing housing and food insecurity 
  • Supporting neurodiverse populations 
  • Strategies for supporting provider wellness and resiliency 

and many, many more…

The ideal model for healthcare aligns communities with institutions to identify and address inequities, improve patient experience, inspire our communities and advance health equity. The 2024 Health Equity Summit aims to engage in cross-sector collaboration, community engagement, and advocacy. 

Call for Session Proposals

We are seeking proposals for one-hour plenary and concurrent sessions connected with the annual theme and overall learning objectives for the conference. Competitive proposals are thought-provoking and accessible to a broad technical and lay audience. We are particularly interested in proposals that address one of the following areas:

  • Clinical Track - Liberation medicine; Trauma-focused care; Culturally humble approaches to clinical documentation; Medical ethics and decision-making 
  • Academic/Research Track - Use of evidence-based decision tools in care such as food security assessment; Informed consent for clinical research 
  • Advocacy Track - Incorporate patient and family voice in care setting; Access to interpreters; Access to cultural navigators; Addressing competency in care for people with disabilities 
  • Leadership Track - Modeling best care using data in health equity; Racially/Culturally congruent providers
  • Clinical Track - Employee engagement; Addressing microaggressions in patient care 
  • Academic/Research Track - Equitable communication practices; Employee/Clinician burnout tools; History of inequitable systems in health care and health research; Assessing health equity competencies in the health professions 
  • Advocacy Track - Language access; Ethics; Family leave and accessible childcare; Compensation/Parity 
  • Leadership Track - Initiatives on excellence in management; Equitable talent and acquisition; Support for underrepresented employees and students; Funding for health equity in institutional budgets; Executive leadership role in health equity accountability 
  • Clinical Track - Population health; Health disparities; Access to providers (right care, right time, right place) 
  • Academic/Research Track - Participatory action research designs; Health disparities research; Training in racial awareness and healing; De-escalation techniques in health and law enforcement 
  • Advocacy Track - Restorative justice frameworks; Insurance and payment decisions and equitable care; Housing and healthy food access; Mental health and substance use treatment 
  • Leadership Track - Community collaboration; Addressing institutional/systemic racism in organizations

Call for Poster and Oral Presentation Abstracts

We are soliciting abstracts for poster or oral presentations describing research, quality improvement or innovation in areas of health equity, including original research dedicated to health equity issues and workforce diversity in the categories of: 

  • Student-led 
  • Trainee-led 
  • Faculty/Staff-led 
  • Community Organization/Government-led 

Free Event | Open to All 

The Summit is open to everyone committed to advancing equity in healthcare -  employees, learners and patients - and anyone interested in providing culturally humble care to our communities. 

Past participants include community members and non-profit organizations, medical staff, clinicians and other healthcare professionals, medical residents and fellows, students, biomedical scientists, population health researchers, healthcare system leaders and policymakers, academic faculty and staff.

Summit Accessibility

We are striving to host an inclusive and accessible summit that enables all individuals to engage fully. ASL interpretation, live captioning and closed captioning will be provided, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

For inquiries about accommodations please contact hesummit [at] uvmhealth.org or visit Hotel Amenities and Accessible Features - DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont.