The UConn Health Disparities Institute is hosting the 2021 State of Health Equity Among Boys and Men of Color Summit June 8 through 11. The summit will focus on “Trauma, incarceration and justice across the course of life: transforming systems for behavioral health equity among boys and men of color.”
The summit will also include the Ideas Lab, which is intended to advance work on health issues and provide seed funding to support community-based projects developed by teams of local residents. The Ideas Lab, which will launch at the summit with work continuing over the following year, was awarded $40,000 in grants from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Connecticut Health Foundation to support its work.
The summit and the Ideas Lab seek to ignite public discourse and action to advance health equity, racial justice, and systems change to address challenges experience by many boys and men of color. Summit plans also include engaging an arts curator and visual storyteller to support the summit’s arts components that will include work of artists of color and integrate arts-based as well as other interdisciplinary approaches into sessions.
Summit admission for youth 17 and under is free. To learn more about the summit, visit https://health.uconn.edu/health-disparities/bmoc-summit/.