Second biennial conference aimed towards increasing knowledge about health equity and sharing best practices to reduce health disparities that affect underserved and vulnerable populations in Pennsylvania. The focus at this year’s conference will be the impact of chronic diseases and its associated risk factors for diverse populations, particularly for immigrants/refugees, as well as the role that socioeconomic differences, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disabilities, etc., play in creating health disparities. It includes, but it is not limited to, cultural competence, language issues, health literacy, as well as the impact of the social determinants of health in achieving health equity.Registration coming soon.
Focusing particularly on immigrant residents, this free training will provide residents of the Commonwealth with advice and assistance regarding how to communicate effectively with elected officials. In addition to the professional trainer, elected officials will discuss what issues they are able to help with and their preferred communication strategies. Topics will include:
Proceeds from an April 11 Community Night at the Harrisburg Senators will benefit VIP programs. The game starts at 7 p.m. at Metro Bank Park, and VIP staff will be distributing program information at the ballpark. For tickets, visit the Senators website and enter YWCA at checkout.
A fundraiser will be held April 10 from 5-9 p.m. at Isaac's West Shore Plaza. VIP staff will be on hand to distribute information about programs and services, and **25% of proceeds will benefit VIP programs**.For more information, visit the YWCA Greater Harrisburg website.
A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will be held April 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Penn State Harrisburg campus. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to literally walk a mile wearing women's high-heeled shoes. For more information, call 717-948-6269 or email.
Now in its thirteenth year, PTHC proudly offers a space for Trans* people and our allies, families, and providers to come together to re-envision what health means for Trans* people. The focus of this unique conference is promoting transgender health and wellness in mind, body, spirit, and community. PTHC recognizes the interconnections among all aspects of our well-being; including health, safety, education, employment, housing, and social support.Further, PTHC recognizes that accessible and quality healthcare is an integral part of self-determining our bodies and identities in the larger world. As much as possible, PTHC strives to ensure that the conference addresses the diverse needs of all people who identify as Trans* or beyond the binary gender system, as well as our partners, families, and allies. In addition, in an effort to increase the availability of quality, culturally-competent care for transgender communities, PTHC also provides a workshops for medical, mental health, and social service providers.For more information, visit the website.
The Goldring Reentry Initiative (GRI) is pleased to invite you to our second annual criminal justice event, Breaking Down Walls: Mass Incarceration Meets the Academy, on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the Penn Museum. This free day-long event aims to foster dialogue and galvanize change by uniting community members, academics, advocates, service providers, and people impacted by the criminal justice system in discussion and resource sharing. Breaking Down Walls will include three presentations highlighting criminal justice research by academics alongside personal narratives by previously incarcerated people to inform and personalize that research. A panel discussion will examine the relationship between research and practice as it relates to activists, religious organizations, social service agencies, city government, and the Philadelphia Prison System.Dr. Cornel West will deliver the keynote address and Dr. Heather Ann Thompson will provide the opening remarks. The event will also feature a resource fair of local advocacy and service provider organizations from 8:30am-9am and during the lunch break. Photographs from Richard Ross’s Juvenile In Justice exhibit will be displayed at the event.
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