2024 Accelerating Health Equity Conference KeyNotes
The Accelerating Health Equity Conference is excited to present keynotes that both motivate and inspire individuals and organizations to take action in finding solutions to address health equity gaps and advance the health of individuals in all communities.
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Clint Smith is the author of How the Word Is Passed, a #1 New York Times bestseller, and a staff writer at The Atlantic. A compelling poet, writer and speaker, Smith believes that understanding our history is the key to understanding the world and giving us the tools to fight for racial justice.
His other books, Counting Descent and Above Ground, have covered topics ranging from slavery’s impact on today’s society, to fatherhood and the way our changing world influences the way we raise our children. Smith’s forthcoming book, Just Beneath the Soil, will shed light on little-known stories behind World War II sites and assess how these places shape our collective memory of the war. He has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art for Justice Fund, Cave Canem and the National Science Foundation, and his essays, poems and scholarly writings have been published widely. A former National Poetry Slam Champion, Smith is a recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review.
Thank you to the Catholic Health Association of the United States for sponsoring this session.
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Pillsbury House Theatre
Minneapolis-based Pillsbury House Theatre has performed its award-winning Breaking Ice program for over 30 years. The performance focuses on starting and facilitating productive conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Blending drama, music, poetry, movement and humor in several different scenes, Breaking Ice’s diverse company of professional actors explore the ways systemic inequities, implicit bias and common misperceptions create uncomfortable interactions that ultimately prevent innovative, motivated and productive professional efforts.
After each performance, trained facilitators lead group discussions to deepen awareness and help audience members practice how to explore challenging situations together.
Breaking Ice has performed and facilitated important conversations for tens of thousands of audience members, including for Fortune 100 companies and community-based organizations throughout dozens of states.