Foundation for Heathy Generations: Science of HOPE Conference

Foundation for Heathy Generations: Science of HOPE Conference

Event details

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to Wednesday, April 20, 2016
All day
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, 17620 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188

About this event

Foundation for Healthy Generations presents The Science of HOPE conference, two days of workshops and skill-building symposiums in encouraging an asset-focused learning community around health equity. 

From Melanie Gillespie, the foundation's executive director:

Advance health equity with the nation’s leading scientists, practitioners and policy-makers at Healthy Generation’s Science of HOPE conference, April 19-20, held at Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center. Join together with approximately 450 participants in two full days of high quality keynotes, workshops and skill building symposiums in encouraging an asset focused learning community. 

At the heart of the Science of HOPE conference are the intersections between science and lived experience, between research and communities in advancing health equity. I know you will particularly love this conference because:

  • it is Washington’s first opportunity to learn about epigenetics from a leading international researcher, Moshe Szyf, in a way that is understandable and clear for laypeople.
  • America’s leading authority on adolescent development, Laurence Steinberg, will open the conference. We have built a full complement of workshops of interest to educators, youth workers and youth service providers to follow, and OSPI is encouraging educators and school support personnel to attend. All K-12 folks are eligible for clock hours.
  • Major awards for Dr. Maxine Hayes and Senator Rosa Franklin for their trailblazing work to create enduring health equity through public health practice and public policy respectively. Awards will be presented by Ron Sims followed by an in-depth plenary panel on Frontiers Of Health Equity: Past, Present & Future
  • Community Health Workers will be leading workshops that build their skills, spread the good news of community health work and offer the opportunity to explore critical issues.
  • 3-hour skill building symposia in the afternoons offer the chance to learn everything from systems thinking to digital story telling.

Overall, participants will come away from the conference ready to engage neighbors, community and youth in hopeful, future-oriented action; skilled and equipped to address the most complex problems of health equity in thoughtful, participatory and high-level ways; and, able to infuse deeper understanding of today’s leading-edge science into policy, practice and planning.

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