Conversations for Health Equity

Conversations for Health Equity

Join us for a day of dialogue with community leaders and social justice advocates. The event is presented by the UW School of Nursing, the UW School of Medicine Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) and the UW School of Public Health.

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Hogness Auditorium and Lobby (located on the fourth floor of the Magnuson Health Sciences Center, A-wing)*
Light refreshments will be provided.
*Please note the new location.

The event is free and open to the public. Feel free to attend as many or as few conversations as you want. Reservations are requested, but not required:

Event highlights

The event includes:

  • Presentations by Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and Dr. Ben Danielson, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic medical director.
  • Talks about promoting health equity, coalition building and current topics affecting healthcare.
  • Self-care activities, including guided meditation and stress-reduction projects.


10 a.m. Welcome!
10:30 a.m. Community introduction

Margaret Strauss Decuir, nursing student

Dr. Azita Emami
Executive dean, UW School of Nursing

Leo Morales, M.D.
Chief diversity officer, UW School of Medicine Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI)

Dr. Ed Taylor
Vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, UW

11 a.m. to noon Justice Mary Yu
The first Asian, the first of woman of color (Asian and Latina), and the first member of the LGBT community to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court.
Noon to 1 p.m. Lunch and Resource Fair (the fair runs until 2 p.m.)
1 to 2 p.m. Suhail Ahmad, M.D.
Professor, UW School of Medicine
Co-founder, Interfaith Council for Human Rights
2 to 3 p.m. Healthy Policy Advocacy Panel

Nancy Amidei, MSW
Project Director, Civic Engagement Project
Senior Lecturer Emeritus, UW School of Social Work

Teresa Mosqueda, MPA
Washington State Labor Council Political and strategic Campaign Direction
Chair, Healthy Washington Coalition
Appointee to the Health Insurance Exchange Board

Aaron Katz, MPH
Principal lecturer of Health Services, UW School of Public Health, Department of Global Health
Highly engaged leader in community health advocacy

3 to 4 p.m. Josephine Ensign, FNP, MPH, DrPH
Author of Health Sciences Common Book, Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through The Safety Net chronicling her own experience of being homeless
Associate Professor, UW School of Nursing, Psychosocial and Community Health
4 to 5 p.m. Ben Danielson, M.D.
Medical Director and Chair, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic,
Professor of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mindfulness Meditation led by Bonnie Duran, DrPH
Director, UW Center for Indigenous Health Research
Professor, UW School of Social Work and School of Public Health
7 p.m. Participants are encouraged to attend the talk by Kathleen Neal Cleaver, former Communications Secretary of the Black Panthers, at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. Space will likely be limited, in which case we hope to screencast her presentation to Hogness Auditorium. Tickets available at the ECC front desk or by emailing