The HEWA 2013 Steering Committee is promoting the following
definition of health equity to emphasize the justice we are striving to
The resolution of systematic disparities in health
between social groups who have different levels of underlying social
advantage and disadvantage positions in a social hierarchy (P. Braveman
& S. Gruskin, 2003)
The Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA) is an annual week-long event that focuses on raising awareness about the health disparities that exist across racial, ethnic, cultural, and social groups. HEWA utilizes a variety of interactive and innovative events to inform and inspire the actions needed to eradicate such health inequities.
IT’S A FOOD FIGHT
It is time to get excited and get involved in the Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA) because this year we are in for a FOOD FIGHT. This year’s theme for HEWA is focused on the food inequities and disparities we face in this country. We will focus on the current state of affairs and the consequences associated with this issue by covering the topics of health disparities, food deserts, food policy, hunger, obesity, and acculturation and health. In addition, we seek to inspire and motivate people into positive action by presenting possible solutions to this problem.
Ready, Set, Action
We look forward to providing a week of interactive, informative, and entertaining events with webinars, discussion materials, and project ideas. The events occur January 21-29, 2013 so you have the option to participate in all of the events or pick those best suited to your interests and schedule.
We have very exciting, interesting, and educational offerings for you on several issues surrounding food justice. We are extremely proud of the speakers that have agreed to be a part of this event. I strongly suggest that your chapter organizes a viewing party for your ASMA chapter and school so more people can take advantage of this great opportunity. Please use the posted PowerPoint presentations, project ideas, and educational materials posted on the site.
Monday, January 21: MLK Day – Call to Action
Tuesday, January 22 (12:30 pm EST): Health Disparities: A Matter of Justice
Speaker: Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
Health Disparities in the U.S. Webinar Recording
Health Disparities Facts
Health Disparities Brochure
Health Disparities Discussion
Wednesday, January 23 (7:00 pm EST): Food Deserts
Speaker: Robert Gottlieb, Professor, Occidental College
Topic: Food Justice
Food Deserts Webinar Recording
Thursday, January 24: Food Policy
Farm Bill PowerPoint Presentation
Farm Bill Legislative Action
Information on Farm Bill
Sign the Farm Bill Petition
Friday, January 25: Obesity, Culture and Health Literacy
Health Disparities in Immigrants: Obesity and Health Literacy
Facts on Immigrant Health
Monday, January 28 (7:00 pm EST): Hunger in America
Speaker: Frank Tamberello, Hunger Action LA
Topic: Hunger in the U.S.
HEWA Hunger in America Webinar Recording
Hunger in America Brochure
Tuesday, January 29 (9:00 pm EST): Solutions
Speakers: Medical Students for Food Justice
Topics: Memphis Mobile Market, Apple Grocery, Blooming Butterflies Garden
HEWA Solution Webinar Recording
Solutions: Feeding the Cause PowerPoint Presentation