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Leveraging Community Expertise to Advance Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate adverse effects on people of color and increased attention to racial justice in the US have led to new and expanded efforts to address health inequities. But a better understanding of health inequities and collaboration with people experiencing inequities are necessary to identify root causes and potential solutions. Recent Urban Institute research (brief and summary) found that addressing inequities using community engagement approaches, where community members are not just present but actively take part in decisionmaking, could lead to more inclusive and sustainable progress toward health equity.

Authentic, productive community engagement requires extensive relationship and trust building, as well as resources to support capacity building in communities and leadership development for community members. Join the Urban Institute for a virtual panel discussion with community engagement practitioners about strategies for engaging and sharing power with community members and policies and resources needed for effective collaboration with communities in health equity initiatives.


  • Eva H. Allen, Senior Research Associate, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute 
  • June Gipson, President and Chief Executive Officer, My Brother’s Keeper Inc., Mississippi
  • Deborah Golding, Lead Project Officer for the Health Equity Zones Initiative, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Maggie Gómez, Colorado State Director, State Innovation Exchange
  • Mona N. Shah, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Hemi Tewarson, Executive Director, National Academy for State Health Policy


Support for this event is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event. 


Date & Time Monday, September 27, 2021

  • Senior Research Associate