• Health Equity Summit


Health Equity Summit

JUNE 22, 2021

Deadline for registration is June 21

4.25 CEs

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for prevention professionals in domain P5 and clinical supervisors in S1.

Session 1 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Data shows factors like income, education, and neighborhood or zip code determine our opportunities, including the choices we have. And the choices we have determine our health behaviors. All of these combined ultimately determine how healthy we are, and these are considered the social determinants of health. Through a health equity lens, this session explores issues specific to rural communities and steps for moving towards healing and hope. Using data, along with personal storytelling and small group discussion, participants will be able to connect individual lived experience to larger systems of inequity.


  1. Increase understanding of social constructs as organizing forces in society through the example of race
  2. Increase individual awareness about othering and belonging through personal stories
  3. Expand knowledge of interconnected systems that lead to social determinants of health in rural communities


  • 11:00am – Summit Welcome
  • 11:15am – Introduction to the session and exploration of race as a social construct
  • 11:25am – Othering and belonging activity
  • 11:50am – A public health framework for reducing health inequities
  • 12:10pm – Hope and healing conclusion
  • 12:15pm – Q&A
  • 12:30pm – Close

Presented by:

Paola Molina, PHD

Paola Molina, PhD, has a decade of research experience in qualitative research methods, elucidating the experiences and needs of communities that experience inequity. Through this research, Paola centers the voices of those most affected by the issues through a strengths-based and participatory lens, while surfacing the upstream systemic drivers of inequities and the solutions that are needed. In her free time, Paola is an avid gardener who loves to grow organic vegetables and native pollinator plants.

Rebecca Larson, MS, ACC

Rebecca Larson, MS, ACC has been a regional consultant with OMNI Institute for 15 years. She has lived in rural southwest Colorado for two decades; working with rural and frontier communities with a primary focus on behavioral health and wellness. Rebecca is passionate about leadership development, community organizing, and is an accredited coach through the International Coaching Federation. She loves to take advantage of remote spaces in the four corners area on her mountain bike, on hiking trails, or simply sitting and pondering the amazing views.

BREAK | 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Session 2 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Honoring Diversity: Strategies for Culturally Adapting Evidence-Based Interventions

Efficacy measures how well an intervention works when tested within the control conditions for which it was designed. However, effectiveness measures how well the intervention works when it is applied in a real‐world setting. So what happens when the program or policy implemented is not developed with you in mind? Individuals seeking help may possess diverse views of what matters most to them as compared to the provider, which may further increase the potential for misaligned approaches. In this session, attendees will explore the need for cultural adaptation and obtain meaningful real-world
applications for implementing culturally specific strategies within evidence-based interventions.


  1. Define cultural adaptation and understand its significance within prevention
  2. Learn 3 strategies for culturally adapting Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI)
  3. Explore the Ecological Validity Model (EVM) and its dimensions of intervention


  • 1:00pm – Overview of Subject & Objectives
  • 1:10pm – Learning of Objectives
  • 1:40pm – Summary and Key Takeaways
  • 1:50pm – Q&A
  • 2:00pm – Close

Presented by Chardé Hollins

Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist, Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board

Chardé Hollins is an independently licensed clinical social worker certified in suicide prevention and trauma treatment. With over ten years of experience working with justice-involved youth and trauma-affected communities, Charde’ formerly served as a social worker in schools, health care, corrections,
and as an advocate for court-involved youth. She is highly regarded for her ability to gain rapport and culturally adapt efficacious interventions. As a result, she thrives in increasing client engagement and stakeholder buy-in through her evidence-based, culturally competent and innovative strategies. Charde’ lives in Cleveland, OH with her family, working as the Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist for the Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board.

BREAK | 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Session 3 | 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

In efforts to advance health equity, aligning with groups working toward racial justice can yield power and improve effectiveness; however, alignment is no simple task. It takes effort and intentionality. This presentation explores how and why to bring together people working on health equity and racial justice, including understanding the tensions between these two approaches, recognizing shared goals, and identifying five strategic opportunities for collaboration.


  1. Facilitate learning about the interconnections between health equity and racial justice
  2. Analyze two equity frameworks that serve as tools for practitioners to explore how equity applies to health and racialized inequities
  3. Identify opportunities to build capacity to further integrate health equity and racial justice into the work of prevention practitioners


  • 2:30pm – Welcome and Overview
  • 2:40pm – Principles for Aligning & Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice
  • 2:50pm – Two Equity Frameworks
  • 3:10pm – Five Strategic Opportunities to Advance Health Equity and Racial Justice
  • 3:30pm – Closing Reflections and Q&A
  • 3:45pm – Close

Presented by La’Quana Williams, MPH

Program Manager, Prevention Institute’s

La’Quana Williams, MPH, is a program manager at Prevention Institute’s (PI) Los Angeles (Leimert Park) office whose work focuses on the intersection of health equity and racial justice. La’Quana works across numerous projects and focus areas including external efforts across PI’s Healthy and Equitable Communities, and Safety and Wellbeing teams. She supports consultation intakes and delivery of training and technical assistance across a range of tools, specifically the System of Prevention framework and Building Bridges paper and presentation materials. Internally, La’Quana leads PI’s capacity building processes for a racial justice approach to staff development.  In her current role, much of her work supports local health departments and other federal agencies in their learning and implementation of applying a racial justice lens to their violence prevention both locally and nationally.

BREAK | 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

From Research to Practice Panel

Panel will be moderated by Dr. Dawn Thomas, Ohio MHAS

Evaluations will be distributed within 24 hours after the training via email. You will receive a link where you can submit the completed evaluation. Evaluations must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. You may request an accommodation or inquire about accessibility as part of the Zoom registration process. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Deadline for registration is June 21

Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068