Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity News and Events

Past events

Genuine Community Engagement: Recognizing and Maximizing the Impact of Consumer and Community Member Experience to Advance Health Equity

November 7, 2023

CARHE hosted this virtual workshop, where over 50 people representing various community-based organizations and health system partners explored ways to nurture community engagement in all levels of governance, care, and leadership for positive community change.

The workshop learning objectives were:

  • Participants will identify barriers to genuine consumer/community engagement.
  • Participants will identify a variety of models for consumer/community engagement.
  • Participants will consider ways that consumer/community engagement can be meaningfully included within their own work.

Community engagement workshop resources

Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity Fall Gathering: Learning and Acting Together in our Communities

When: Monday, October 30, 2023, 8:30 am to 1 pm
Where: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, Vermont

Keynote address by Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry, MPH, PhD
President, The Endowment for Health

The Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity Fall Gathering will create a space for members from community services, health care delivery, research, and education to bring about transformational change by working together to eliminate unfair conditions and helping people in our rural New England communities to be as healthy as possible.

Participants will enhance their understanding of health equity challenges and solutions in our region, network with likeminded people, and come away better equipped to engage in partnerships for health equity in our communities.

Read a summary of the event (PDF).

Working Toward Health Equity for the LGBTQ+ Community

September 18, 2023

Working Toward Health Equity for the LGBTQ+ Community panelists sitting at a table

This event featured a panel conversation about obstacles to health equity faced by the LGBTQ+ community and the way forward. The conversation was moderated by Murphy Barney of StoryCorps and included representatives from community service organizations, health care, and the public sector. In addition to the speakers, several groups and organizations were present to share information about services and resources for LGBTQ+ community members.

Read the event summary (PDF).

The panel event was followed by the 37th Annual Schumann Lecture for Healthful Living, "Queering the outdoors: A Journey up my own personal mountain," presented by Perry Cohen, MEd, Founder of the Venture Out Project.

The First Gathering of the Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity

Working Together to Improve Health for Rural New England Communities, November 7, 2022

The Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity held its first gathering on an unseasonably warm day on November 7, 2022 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. Approximately 150 people came together to learn from one another about health disparities in our region and to participate in meaningful dialogue about how to advance health equity in our communities through partnership and collective action.

Across various breakout sessions focused on health challenges, skill building, and partnership, several key themes emerged throughout the day.

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