Social Determinants of Health Series: Healthy Communities - Promoting Wellness & Achieving Health and Mental Health Equity

Ventura County Health Care Agency; Sponsored by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
May 2, 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Ventura County Office of Education
5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA



Health equity is achieved when everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make. And while we can’t currently ensure that everyone will be healthy, we can change the physical conditions in which people live, learn, work and play, one community at a time. These conditions are called the Social Determinants of Health and by improving these conditions we can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Wm. Jahmal Miller, MHA, Director of Corporate Reputation & Thought Leadership at Blue Shield of California; Former Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity California Department of Public Health – The Promise of Health Equity
  • Rigoberto Vargas, MPH, Director, Ventura County Public Health – Social Determinants of Health: The Local Landscape
  • Manal Aboelata, MPH, Managing Director, Prevention Institute – The Built Environment and Health Equity
Panel Discussion: Innovative Efforts to Advance Health Equity at the Community Level

  • Housing: Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, MPH, Executive Director, Esperanza Community Housing
  • Built Environment: Manal Aboelata, MPH, Managing Director, Prevention Institute
  • Chronic Stress: R. Bong Vergara, MSW, MA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, USC
  • Moderator: Daniel Hicks, VCBH Prevention Manager, Alcohol & Drug Programs

Second in the Series: Designing a Healthier Community 

Friday, November 16, 2018, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Can the Built Environment Build Community?
Health starts where you live, learn, work and play. The built environment is everything we have made to live our lives including homes, places of business, public spaces, and parks and recreational areas-or lack thereof. A healthy community depends on human, institutional, organizational and environmental resources available within the community. The physical design of a community- the built environment- affects health every time a person steps out of the front door and into their neighborhood. Community happens when people connect with each other. The built environment can encourage interaction or hinder it. Establishing the design of a healthy community is a complex issue and not one that can be solved by any one organization. Everyone has a role in building a healthy community. Local actions support quality of life as well as create a stronger, healthier communities. Join the conversation and get involved.

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