PHSAD 36th Annual Health Equity Conference

Our 36th Annual Health Equity Conference, "What's Next? Transforming the Climate of Health Ethics, Equity, and Justice in Public Health" will be held at Palmer Commons on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

The purpose of the conference is to highlight sustainable results that bridge public health, policy, healthcare initiatives, and health behaviors. The conference will highlight keynote speakers and panels featuring University of Michigan School of Public Health alumni, faculty, and experts in the field of public health.


  • Educate students, public health practitioners, researchers, and the general community about how to facilitate solutions to current health inequities present in Michigan and across the United States.
  • Have participants leave motivated to get involved with health inequity initiative organizations related to their field.
  • Foster greater education and personal advocacy for public health-specific health inequities.
  • Examine current public health solutions aimed at improving health equity in Michigan.

Keynote Speaker: 

  • Ruqaiijah A. Yearby, J.D., M.P.H. 

The Region V Public Health Training Center will be streaming the keynote address from 9:30 - 10:30 AM ET from Dr. Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH. Please enroll here to view the live stream.


  • Loretta V. Bush, MSHA, President & CEO, Authority Health
  • Lanie Dixon, MBA, Vice President of Patient Experience at Essentia Health
  • Dr. Bryan O. Buckley, DrPH, MPH, MBA, Director, Health Equity Initiatives, NCQA; Assistant Professor in Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Okeoma Mmeje, M.D., M.P.H, Associate Chief Clinical Officer for Health Equity for the University of Michigan Medical Group at Michigan Medicine


9:00 - 9:30am Registration and Breakfast

9:30 - 10:15am Keynote Address

10:15 - 10:30am Q&A

10:30 - 10:45am Break 

10:45 - 12:00pm Panel Discussion

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 3:15pm Case Discussion and Networking Hour

3:15 - 3:30pm Closing Remarks

This conference is hosted by the Public Health Students of African Descent (PHSAD) and funded by the Region V Public Health Training Center, the Office for Student Engagement and Practice (OSEP), Health Equity Grant, Public Health Student Assembly (PHSA), Pathways to Public Health, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS).

Please be advised that a photographer will be present during this event. The School of Public Health does not seek specific permission from individuals when photographing school-sponsored events, where individuals do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. If you do not wish to be photographed, please advise the photographer and/or place yourself behind them while they are working.

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Palmer Commons (Palmer Commons Great Lakes Room 4th Floor)
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