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Equitable Policymaking in Rural Communities: Charting a Path Forward
What policies and practices are states and localities implementing to advance racial, economic, and health equity for people living in rural communities?

What strategies are needed to make sure that BIPOC and other rural residents who experience marginalization are engaged in every step of the policymaking process?

Join us for a 90-minute discussion of innovative policy strategies and solutions that have the power to create opportunity and health equity in rural communities at local, regional, and state levels. Our speakers will discuss topics ranging from economic development to strengthening the workforce to the power of partnerships, with the aim of fostering greater collaboration and alignment across all levels of government.

This webinar is for anyone who wants to advance equity and opportunity in rural communities — including staff in government agencies; state and local policymakers; and community advocates.


• Trisha Purdon, director, Office of Rural Prosperity, Kansas Department of Commerce
• Corey Wiggins, federal co-chairman, Delta Regional Authority
• Rachel Mayes, executive director, Southern Echo, Inc.
• Shauneequa Owusu, chief strategy officer, ChangeLab Solutions (moderator)

This event is part of our Toward Better Rural Futures project, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and participates in Aspen Institute’s Thrive Rural initiative. The project aims to address systemic barriers that perpetuate deep-rooted inequities in rural and tribal communities’ health, well-being, and access to opportunity.

This webinar is the third episode in our 2023 series Equity in Action: Policymaking for Community Health.

Mar 28, 2023 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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