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Deborah Turner MD, JD
OB-GYN and President of the League of Women Voters
Hahrie Han, PhD
Director of the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the P3 Lab
Desmond Meade, JD
President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy
Donald Berwick, MD, MPP
President Emeritus, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Day 1: Friday, April 23rd
*ALL TIMES ARE IN EDT
11:45am - 12:00pm
Arrival and Welcome
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Keynote - A Healthy Democracy
In this keynote, hear Dr. Deborah Turner reflect on the meaning of civic health as it relates to the 2020 election, the pandemic, voting rights advancement, and mis and disinformation
Dr. Deborah Turner & Dr. Alister Martin
12:30pm - 12:45pm
Voter Suppression - How We Got Here
Through a historic look at voting rights, understand how voter suppression manifests and disproportionately affects marginalized communities and see the impact of COVID-19 on voting access.
Brennan Center for Justice
12:45pm - 1:00pm
The Local Political Determinants of Health
Learn how local politics and policy decisions shape health outcomes.
Andrea Benjamin, PhD
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Group Breakout Sessions for Discussion and Networking
1:30pm - 1:45pm
1:45pm - 2:15pm
Why Voter Engagement is a Year Round Effort
Offering voter registration year round can be beneficial for both an organization and the voter population by opening up conversations about civic activity and building trust. This session focuses on why year round voter engagement is possible and important for cultivating voters in your community. It will also offer tips for how to maintain year round efforts.
2:20pm - 3:20pm
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Choice of Panels:
The Business Case for Civic Health
Companies of all sizes have come to embrace the idea that businesses should not only deliver value to shareholders, but also be a force for good in society. Many business leaders see themselves as having a responsibility not just to their employees, shareholders, and customers — but also to the democratic institutions that are fundamental to our society. Civic health as practiced by businesses is not about using their political power to advance specific corporate interests; it is about businesses working with their employees, customers, and community stakeholders to encourage them to vote, help reduce polarization, encourage civic volunteerism and strengthen our democracy. This panel will offer examples of how your institution and community can partner with the private sector to enhance our overall civic health.
Business for America | Warby Parker, Oak Street Health, hims & hers
Social Work and Civic Health: Advancing Policy for Equity and Justice
In this panel, a state legislator, non-profit executive, and leader of a graduate school-based GOTV campaign will explain social work's role in promoting equity and justice through policy work. Current initiatives will be described in context of the social work's profession's historic role in promoting systems-level change focused on political, social, economic, and cultural factors influencing population health.
Boston University School of Social Work and the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health| Representative Tami Gouveia, Mojdeh Rohani, Kristina Whiton-O’Brien
Hospitals Can Register Patients to Vote: The National Voter Registration Act
Hear an overview of the National Voter Registration Act from Trey Grayson, then learn about what the Act means for hospitals and healthcare spaces. Leave the session understanding why voter registration is allowed and encouraged in healthcare.
Vot-ER | Former Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Einstein Health, Demos, Voting Is Social Work, Jon Kusner MS5
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Closeout Oratory: Moral Determinants of Health
Hear Don Berwick reflect on the moral determinants of health and the imperative of healthcare providers to vote to create change for their patients.
Dr. Don Berwick & New York Academy of Medicine
Virtual Happy Hour: Reflection and Networking with Conference Speakers
Choose from the following breakout rooms with conference speakers. You can visit multiple rooms!
Jon Kusner, MS5: What Med Students Can Do to Advance Civic Health
Dr. Alister Martin: Your Organization and Civic Health Month
Dr. Deborah Turner: Voting Rights Advancement
Andrea Benjamin, PhD: Get Involved in Local Politics
Day 2: Saturday, April 24th
*ALL TIMES ARE IN EDT
10:45am - 11:00am
Arrival and Welcome
11:00am - 11:30am
Keynote: Problems of Power - Organizing in Health
Hear what clinicians can learn from community organizers and the science behind organizing for change.
Hahrie Han, PhD
11:30am - 12:00pm
Civic Engagement and Better Health: Landmark Studies
In this session, Dr. Parissa Ballard will present her research on the relationship between civic engagement and health for individuals and communities. Attendees will learn why healthcare providers should address civic engagement with their patients and hear what questions are still being asked about the links between voting and health.
Parissa Ballard, PhD
12:00pm - 12:45pm
Choice of Panels and Case Studies:
Leading a Medical School Voter Registration Campaign
In this moderated panel, learn from medical students who successfully brought civic health into their school. Hear tips for building support and overcoming barriers with school administrators, engaging classmates, and registering voters as a student. Leave the session ready to build a high-achieving Healthy Democracy Campaign team with your peers.
AMSA | Maria Santos MS4, Zonía Moore MS2, Lekha Chilakamari MS3
Social Work Roles in Health: Addressing Patient, Family, & Community Needs
In this session, clinical social workers will describe their roles in relationship to other health professionals addressing patient and family medical, social service, and community resource needs. Panelists include clinicians working in in-patient, out-patient, and community health center settings addressing acute medical, rehabilitation, and behavioral health needs. The panel will highlight the socio-ecological framework of social work practice in practical terms, including discussion of clinician efforts to promote equity, social justice, and civic health through community and political engagement.
Boston University School of Social Work and the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health| Tfawa Haynes, Dorothy Bergold, Karen Potter
Get Things Done: How to Partner with Hospital Administration
Learn strategies to implement civic health projects in hospitals and healthcare settings. Hear from hospital administrators about getting buy-in and resources for your projects. Develop your understanding of what barriers hospital administrators face and how to address them.
Vot-ER | Dr. Megan Schultz from MCW, Massachusetts General Hospital, Penn Medicine, Dr. Halea Meese
Nursing and Civic Engagement: Democracy at Discharge
*Session Description Coming Soon*
Nurses Who Vote | National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Oncology Nursing Society, & more
12:45pm - 1:15pm
1:15pm - 2:15pm
Organizing Workshop: Local Elections and Local Mobilization
The session will begin with a 15 minute overview of the structure and function of local government. After this primer, choose your mobilization from the following options:
1. Vaccines and Voting with GOTVax
2. Voting rights and health advocacy with Nonprofit VOTE
3. Geographic/State based activation with Vot-ER (for NYC, Boston, PA, WI, MI, FL, GA)
Dr. Andrea Benjamin, Nonprofit VOTE, GOTVax , & Vot-ER
2:20pm - 3:00pm
Patient Conversation Workshops: Scripts and Tips for Conversations about Voting
Resilience Through The Youth Vote: A Practical Guide
Learn how to promote youth and family voter engagement in your practice. Gain confidence from practical tips to address voting in clinical encounters. Hear how you can turn young people into lifelong voters through conversation.
American Academy of Pediatrics: Dr. Margaret Stager & Dr. Stephanie Fong Gomez
The New Social History: How to Talk to all your Patients about Voting
Ideas42, a behavioral science consulting firm, will present the latest research on engaging voters. Then, Dr. Alister Martin will dive into the nitty gritty of patient conversations based in best practices.
ideas42 & Dr. Alister Martin
3:00pm - 3:30pm
Conference Closeout: Your Role in Creating a Healthier Democracy
Hear Desmond Meade, president and founder of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in 2019, reflect on what part we all have to play in creating a healthier democracy. Then, Dr. Alister Martin will close out the conference with key takeaways and action steps.
Desmond Meade & Dr. Alister Martin