2022 Practitioner Workshop

The Future of Health in All Policies Implementation

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13-14

SOPHIA is pleased to announce this year’s Practitioner Workshop: The Future of Health in All Policies Implementation. It will be held virtually December 13th-14th, 2022, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm ET each day. The workshop will focus in on the evolution of a new tool for HiAP on Day 1 and on Day 2 we'll dive into two models of HiAP implementation: one urban and one rural.  Registration is open! We would love to have participants from all sectors and career stages, so please plan to join us for two days of learning, discussion, and collaboration. Not a member? No problem. You can join today and get a discount.


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Day One will feature a keynote address by Charles Lee, Senior Policy Advisor at the EPA. Following his talk, there will be time for Q&A and breakout groups. Day Two will include a panel of HiAP practitioners, Dr. Anneta Arno and Anna Ricklin, sharing their work on the ground. Participants will have a chance to discuss the presentations in small groups and share their own work experiences. 

We’ve added a new registration option: the organizational level. At this level, up to five coworkers from the same organization can register together. Invite a few colleagues to register with you!

Featured speakers

Keynote: Charles Lee, Senior Policy Advisor, EPA

Charles Lee is widely recognized as a true environmental justice pioneer and a founder of the environmental justice movement in the United States. Mr. Lee is currently the Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has led efforts to incorporate environmental justice into EPA’s rulemaking process, develop models for collaborative problem-solving, advance approaches to address cumulative risks and impacts, advance environmental justice at the state level, and develop a framework for assessing and addressing cumulative impacts.

Mr. Lee is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the American Public Health Association’s first Damu Smith Environmental Achievement Award and the National Association of Asian American Professionals’ prestigious NAAAP100 Award. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy presented to him the EJ Pioneer Award on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 12898. In February 2017, the 122nd Session of the South Carolina House of Representatives passed Resolution H*3732 to honor his lifetime of accomplishments in environmental justice and contributions to bettering the lives of communities in that state.

Dr. Anneta Arno, Director, Office of Health Equity, DC Health

Dr. C. Anneta Arno is an experienced public health professional with a track record in the field of health equity, including national recognition for work promoting racial equity through a public health lens, community collaboration to transform views and perspectives related to the root causes of health disparities, and integration of health equity concepts into healthcare delivery systems.  Appointed as the inaugural Director, Office of Health Equity (OHE), DC Health, in September 2015, Dr. Arno has played a critical role in leveraging a “Health in All Policies” approach to improving population health and achieving health equity. Committed to operationalizing Health Equity Practice, through proactive multi-sector collaborative solutions, and equity-informed practice change, she engages with neighborhoods, local, regional, and national partners across government, as well as with the private and non-profit sectors. The Health Equity Report: District of Columbia 2018 established the District’s Nine-Key Drivers Framework for addressing persistent inequities. In May 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Dr. Arno to the ReOpen DC Advisory Committee, part of the District’s whole-of-government COVID-19 pandemic response. The Health Equity Report’s framework was used as a critical lens for connecting the dots, and understanding the historic, contemporary, and structural root causes perpetuating differential impacts of the pandemic, by income, place, and race. The DC Health Equity Summit 2021 Building a Roadmap to A Just Post Pandemic Future, engaged 21 public, private, non-profit, academic and philanthropic partners, and over 500 attendees, in exploring opportunities for sustainable equity-informed multi-sector solutions focused on improving opportunities for health and achieving equity for all District residents, regardless of where they live, learn, work, play, play or age. Dr. Arno’s strategic leadership roles currently include membership of the District’s Interagency Committee on Racial Equity; DC Health’s Principle Investigator (PI) to two blended initiatives supported by CDC & OMH funding to Advance Health Literacy & Address COVID-19 Health Disparities; and PI to Pew Charitable Trusts, DC Calling All Sectors Initiative. She recently served consecutive terms on NACCHO’s Health Equity & Social Justice Committees.

Dr. Arno holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Reading, Berkshire, England and a Master of Public Health (MPH), Healthcare Management, Columbia University (New York, New York). Cross-trained in Public Health and Urban Planning, Dr. Arno is a Certified Planning Professional in the USA (AICP) as well as in Europe, where she is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI).

Anna Ricklin, Health in All Policies Manager, Fairfax County Health Department

Anna Ricklin, AICP is a passionate advocate for healthy communities. She currently serves at the first Health in All Policies Manager for the Fairfax County, VA Health Department, where she acts as a health ambassador across county agencies. In this role, Anna promotes the integration of public health objectives into county plans, policies, and building projects. She also co-leads the Department’s Health Equity Team, charged with centering health equity through the transformation of internal processes and external operations for the benefit of staff, clients, and the community at large. Formerly, Anna managed the American Planning Association's Planning and Community Health Center, where she directed applied research and place-based initiatives to advance healthy planning practice. Anna began her career at the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, which helped build her experience in health impact assessment, active transportation planning, and cross-sector collaboration. Anna studied anthropology as an undergraduate and holds a Master of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She lives in Falls Church, VA.

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