The Social Work And Health Equity Speaker Series highlights innovative public health social work practice and leadership in various sectors. The series encourages interaction between current social work students and alumni working in areas that impact health; discussions center on the role of social work practice in improving public health and addressing issues of health equity. Events featured to date have included the following:

  • April 2018
    Intersectionality and Health Conference: Breaking Down Barriers to Quality Care
    Multiple speakers participated in this student-led day-long conference focused on the challenges people with multiple marginalized, intersecting identities face at the individual and systems level when accessing medical, mental health, and social services.
    Intersectionality event description
  • April 2018
    Panel: Preventing the School-to-Prison Pipeline
    A panel of speakers from Dimock Community Service Agency at Justice Resource Institute and Massachusetts Advocates for Children, with moderation by Astraea Augsberger, BUSSW
    Pipeline event description and recording
  • October 2017
    Visiting: Public Health Social Work on Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation
    Madeline Ray (’18)
  • March 2017
    Integrating Social Justice into Practice: A Liberation Health Framework
    Serena Smith Patten (’14, SPH ‘15), Early Intervention Public Health Social Worker
    Dawn Belkin Martinez, BUSSW
    Chloe Frankel, Boston Liberation Health
  • February 2017
    Racial Justice, Health Equity, and the Role of Government: Lessons from the City of Boston
    Janine Anzalota (’04, SPH ‘06), Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Housing & Equity
    Ilyitch Nahiely Tábora, Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office of Health & Human Services
    Rita Nieves, Deputy Director. Boston Public Health Commission
    Panelists discuss racial health inequities in Boston on Daily Free Press website
  • February 2017
    Changing What Counts as Health Care: Social Work’s Role
    Jennifer Valenzuela (’00, SPH’01), Principal of Program, Health Leads
    School of Social Work addresses health needs outside of medical care on Daily Free Press website
  • December 2016
    Intersection of race, sexual and gender identity and its impact on health in the LGBTQ community
    Tfawa Haynes, Psychotherapist, Fenway Health

Project Impact

As of Sept. 2017, we have engaged over 600 practitioners and BUSSW community members through this speaker series.


Project Team Members

  • Madi Wachman
  • Assistant Director, CISWH Programs and Projects