The Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network, a project of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, will host a series of free art and informational events in the next several weeks to highlight issues of community health and equity, particularly as they affect people of color.
What’s called MOSAIC will feature a range of activities — storytelling, live performance, film screening and more — in five sites in the Valley and one in Berkshire County, beginning April 14. Anchoring all the presentations will be a 30-minute film, in English with Spanish subtitles, by Holyoke artist Michelle Falcón Fontánez. For her film, Fontánez interviewed several people of color working in different ways to improve equity in heath care in the region, such as Wilbraham poet Lynnette Elizabeth Johnson and Dayna Campbell, an assistant professor in public health at American International College in Springfield. Campbell’s research focuses on diversity and inclusion and disparities in health status and outcomes. More information including viewing locations, dates, and times is available in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
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