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Breaking Down Buzzwords: “Equity”

April 8, 2022
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall

Join the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research for the first in a four-part series of Collaborative Café discussions on health equity and research.

“Equity” is a term frequently used but with varying definitions and meaning in different communities or conversations. This session will explore what exactly the buzzword “equity” means.

St. Louis academic, health, and community leaders will share their expertise during a panel discussion that outlines the foundations of equity. Panelists will discuss:

  • The meaning of the term equity – in particular, health equity and racial equity
  • How the understanding and use of the term “equity” has changed over time
  • How providers, advocates, and researchers with varied expertise are working to promote equity in St. Louis
  • Actions we can all take to promote equity

The Collaborative for Community-Centered Conversations ⁠— “Collaborative Café” ⁠— is hosted by the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research at the Institute for Public Health and Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences. Collaborative Café offers opportunities for researchers and community partners to network, share experiences, and learn from each other.


This interactive, discussion-based event is free to attend and open to all faculty, students, researchers, community members, and organizations dedicated to advancing equity. This event will take place in person in Brown Lounge, located in Brown Hall on the Washington University Danforth Campus. To promote safety and social distancing, space is limited and advance registration is required.

Directions & Parking

The Brown School is located in the southeast corner of Washington University’s Danforth Campus.

Visitors are encouraged to park in the East End Garage. Validation will be provided for non-WashU attendees.

COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of our community is of the highest importance to the Institute for Public Health. To protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19, attendees are required to adhere to all Washington University COVID-19 guidelines.

Accessibility Needs

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hickner at We need to be notified at least five business days prior to the event to guarantee accommodation for interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.

About the speakers


Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, Brown School; Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health
Washington University in St. Louis


Mark Keeley
President and CEO, St. Louis Arc

Miranda Walker Jones
CEO, Little Bit Foundation

Nancy L. Morrow-Howell, PhD
Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy, Brown School; Director, Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health
Washington University in St. Louis