The main event took place on October 30. The focus of the second day of the 2023 Health Equity Summit was to address health disparities and institutional inequities. Speakers, workshops, and sessions promoted collaboration, innovation, and practical strategies for better health outcomes, improved patient experiences, and advancements in health equity.
Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Dean for Social and Health Justice at the University of Washington School of Medicine Edwin Lindo, J.D., opened the second day of the summit, exploring the impact of race and racism in medicine and law. He employed an interdisciplinary approach, including Critical Race Theory and community organizing. Lindo has taught and developed curricula on these issues and also hosted The Praxis Podcast and co-founded Estelita’s Library, a social justice community library and bookstore, and North Star Cycling, the largest BIPOC cycling club on the West Coast.
Workshops on various topics, such as rural health equity and community-based health initiatives for the LGBTQIA+ population, cultural humility, and racial disparity in health care, were conducted throughout the day. Larner faculty members, including Anthony Williams, M.D., Katie Wells, M.D., M.P.H., Leilia Amiri, Ph.D., and Molly Rideout, M.D., played key roles in leading some of these workshops. Students including Bazinet-Phillips, Mialovena Exume ʼ24, and Warrick Sahene ʼ24 also presented on such topics as mentorship opportunities for BIPOC students pursuing health care professions—highlighting the College’s Look at Larner program.