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Healthy Lives – Healthy Communities Conference

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Conference Objectives:

  1. Assess current efforts that address health disparities in Missouri and develop strategies to meet specific population needs.
  2. Identify strategies to build inclusive communities, schools and health care systems.
  3. Connect people and solutions to explore health equity strategies and successful models for addressing social determinants of health.

Morning Keynote Speakers:

Title: Health Equity and Ecosystems: Stretching Beyond the False Finish Lines of Diversity and Health Disparities 


Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW

Chief Executive Officer, St. Louis Integrated Health Network

Formerly the Managing Director for the Ferguson Commission

As CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN), Ms. Johnson-Javois leads a $1.5 million non-profit that serves the region’s safety net health care providers and the local community to promote the mission of providing quality, affordable, accessible care to all with an emphasis on serving the underserved.

She possesses over 15 years of experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector for organizations that positively impact the quality of life for disadvantaged populations.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Deaconess Foundation, Board Member for the Missouri Foundation for Health and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for Missouri State University College of Business.  As a licensed Evangelist Missionary in the Church of God in Christ, she is a noted motivational speaker, trainer, and facilitator around spiritual development, leadership, and youth capacity building.


Dr. Heidi Miller is a primary care physician and patient advocate who has focused her career on assuring high quality, trauma-informed, integrated, equitable access to health care for our most vulnerable patients. She trained at Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

She serves as a primary care doctor at at FQHC, Family Care Health Centers, in St Louis. Dr. Miller is also the Medical Director for the Gateway to Better Health Program which serves 20,000 uninsured patients via the St Louis Regional Health Commission, an organization which has launched a 2018 Chronic Pain Initiative and spearheaded Alive & Well STL. Dr. Miller also consults for the St Louis Integrated Health Network, Missouri Primary Care Association and the Siteman Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Partnership.  She was appointed by the Missouri Governor to the Oversight Committee for Medicaid, she served on the Missouri Medical Home Collaborative Steering Committee, she has testified to the Missouri House and Senate Committees on health policies and Dr. Miller was recognized by the St Louis Business Journal as one of its 40-under-40 honorees.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:

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Anita Woodley

Title: Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: Using Powerful Ethnodrama Theatre Arts to Explore Health Disparities & Equity in Culturally Relevant Ways

ANITA WOODLEY is an Emmy® award winner, and recipient of numerous awards for her creative health education work as a speaker, storyteller, producer, actress, poet, mixed-media folk artist, and playwright.

In 2017, Anita was named both Arts & Culture Woman of the Year by Spectacular Magazine, and the Health Equity Impact Community Member of the Year by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities for her numerous culturally appropriate presentations and performances.

Anita Woodley creates new works that are thrillingly entertaining, adaptable and transformational: a non-traditional
theatrical practice of “Ethnodramas” that educate, promote good – and prevent harmful – practices to one’s overall health.

Conference Topics:

  • Partnerships with Missouri communities to address poverty and economic inequalities
  • Addressing housing discrimination and segregation in our communities
  • Women’s Health and Health Equity
  • LGBTQ Health and Wellness Disparities
  • Oral Health Disparities
  • Rural Health Inequalities

Panel speakers:

  • Lindsey Baker, PhD, Director of Research, Missouri Budget Project
  • Sarah Hackman, Strategic Communications Manager, Missouri Community Action Network
  • Debbie Markman, Poverty Focus Team Facilitator, One Joplin, Resource Development Director, Economic Security Corporation
  • Seft Hunter, PhD, Executive Director, Communities Creating Opportunities
  • Randy Cole, MPA, Housing Programs Supervisor, City of Columbia
  • Anthony Stanton, community member, Community Land Trust Board, Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Susan Kendig, Integration Specialist, Women’s Health, SSM Health- St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Verna Laboy, Health Educator, Live Well by Faith, Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services
  • Karen Edison, MD,  Director, Center for Health Policy
  • John Dane, DDS, Dental Director, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
  • Julie Boeckman, Program Manager, Office of Dental Health, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
  • Poonam Jain, BDS, MS, MPHVice Dean, Clinical Education, Operations and Community Partnerships, A.T. Still University, Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
  • Elizabeth Fuchs, MSW, Manager of Public Policy, PROMO
  • Dan Stewart, MSG, Program Coordinator, SAGE of PROMO Fund
  • Dina van der Zalm, MSW, MPH, Health Care Organizer, Missouri Rural Crisis Center
  • Brian Williams, Executive Director, Randolph County Caring Community Partnership
  • Alice Wingo, Vice President of Regional Advancement, Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Conference fee: $50

Students can attend at no cost. Scholarships available by contacting the Center for Health Policy at (573) 882-1491.


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