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Civic Health Conference

August 12-13, 2022 | Virtual & Free
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About the Conference

Explore the critical role health professionals can play in expanding civic access for our communities.
  • Hear from medical, public health, and democracy leaders including Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Daniel Dawes, and many more.
  • Explore techniques to expand civic programming at your organization.
  • Gain practical guidance on how to build teams and leadership support at your institution.
  • Learn how to talk to voters and respond to election misinformation.


Day 1: Opening Keynote

August 12, 2022 11:25 am
Learn more about the link between voting and the structural determinants of health, and gain insight with real-world examples of how policy has positively impacted health outcomes. Danielle Allen is the Director of the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.
Danielle Allen, MPhil, PhD
Harvard University

Advancing the Connection Between Civic Engagement & Health

August 12, 2022 12:05 pm
This panel brings together health leaders to examine the relationship between civic engagement and health from an institutional perspective. Learn about the government's role in promoting civic engagement, the importance of civic engagement to veterans' health, and HHS guidelines for promoting civic engagement in health care.
Jessica Barba Brown
Healthy Democracy Healthy People Initiative
Al Schmidt, PhD
Committee of Seventy
Nathan T. Chomilo, MD, FAAP, FACP
Medical Director Minnesota Medicaid and MinnesotaCare Programs
Paul Reed, MD
Department of Health & Human Services

Learning about Vot-ER Tools

August 12, 2022 12:55 pm
Learn how to use Vot-ER tools to integrate civic engagement at point-of-care, check-in, discharge, or through existing patient communication systems. Get practical tips for a smooth setup and how to use our latest features to track the impact on every voter. This session is designed for healthcare professionals using Vot-ER for the first time, as well as those looking to deepen their knowledge of best practices.
Kruti Patel, JD
Atrium Health
Yinlu Zhu
Vot-ER Head of Product

Spotlighting Vot-ER Partners

August 12, 2022 1:30 pm
Hear directly from Vot-ER partners who have integrated civic engagement into community health centers, universities, and other clinical settings with an eye toward patient care and equity.
Kristi Law, PhD
St. Ambrose University
Surabhi Bhatt, MS
Oak Street Health
Veronica Vital, PhD, MSN, BSN
National Hispanic Nurses Association

Day 1: Closing Keynote

August 12, 2022 2:20 pm
Daniel Dawes, JD, will close the first day with a discussion of the political determinants of health - the upstream policies that influence the social determinants of health. Dawes is executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and author of 150 Years of ObamaCare and The Political Determinants of Health
Daniel Dawes, JD
Morehouse School of Medicine, Satcher Health Leadership Institute

Day 2: Opening Keynote

August 13, 2022 11:00 am
Physician-activist, Dr. Aletha Maybank, the American Medical Association’s first-ever chief health equity officer, will deliver a timely keynote about how and why we must integrate civic engagement with our healthcare system. This important conversation comes on the heels of the American Medical Association's groundbreaking resolution recognizing voting as a social determinant of health.
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
American Medical Association

Connecting Our Professional Values to Civic Engagement

August 13, 2022 11:15 am
An expert panel of physicians, nurses, and social workers will explore why civic engagement is an essential component of healthcare and how voting has a tangible impact on patients' lives.
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
American Medical Association
David Skorton, MD
Association of American Medical Colleges
Eleanor Zambrano, MSW, LICSW
Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health, Boston University
Shawna Butler, RN, MBA
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Building Teams of Providers Dedicated to Civic Health at Your Institution

August 13, 2022 12:00 pm
Roll up your sleeves and dive into a Teambuilding 101 crash course! Your guides, Chelsea White-Hoglen and Bianca Navarro, bring a combined two decades of organizing experience and have helped integrate civic engagement in dozens of healthcare settings. Examine real-world case studies of health institutions that have built up civic engagement programming from scratch, learn practical tips for conducting one-on-one conversations with colleagues, peers, and leaders, and gain access to resources you can use for your next one-on-one meeting.
Bianca Navarro
Vot-ER Deputy Organizing Director
Chelsea White-Hoglen
Vot-ER Deputy Organizing Director

Abortion, Guns, the Economy, and Democracy

August 13, 2022 12:50 pm
We find ourselves in a moment where week after week, new challenges arise that impact our patients' health and wellbeing as a result of big policy choices. In this session, we will talk about how democracy is a common thread throughout these many topics, and how strengthening voter access and democratic systems can be a consistent and uplifting way to make an impact. We will also share best practices for discussing the legal basis for healthcare-based civic engagement and how to talk with patients.
Aliya Bhatia
Executive Director, Vot-ER
Manisha Sharma, MD, FAAFP
Co-Founder, Civic Health Alliance
Marie Henselder Kimmel, MD
American Promise

Day 2 Closing Keynote: A Fired-UP Chat with Dr. Mona

August 13, 2022 1:30 pm
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician in Flint, Michigan, put her career on the line to expose how Flint's water is responsible for dangerously elevated levels of lead in the city's predominantly Black children. In this closing keynote, Dr. Hanna-Attisha will share her experiences in Flint and why a healthy democracy is essential to the health of our patients.
Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP