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Health Equity Week of Action

January 20-23, 2014

The HEWA 2014 Steering Committee is promoting the following definition of health equity to emphasize the justice we are striving to achieve:

The resolution of systematic disparities in health between social groups who have different levels of underlying social advantage and disadvantage positions in a social hierarchy (P. Braveman & S. Gruskin, 2003)

The Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA) is an annual week-long event that focuses on raising awareness about the health disparities that exist across racial, ethnic, cultural, and social groups. HEWA utilizes a variety of interactive and innovative events to inform and inspire the actions needed to eradicate such health inequities.

Mind Matters

HEWA 2014It is time to get excited and get involved in the Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA) because this year it is all about mind matters. This year’s theme for HEWA is focused on various aspects surrounding mental health. We will focus on the mental health among medical/pre-medical students, mental health in native populations, and mental health and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, we will provide information on some the skills necessary to effectively care for patients with mental illness.

Ready, Set, Action

We look forward to providing a week of interactive, informative, and entertaining events with webinars, discussion materials, and project ideas. The events occur January 20-23 so you have the option to participate in all of the events or pick those best suited to your interests and schedule.

HEWA 2014

We have very exciting, interesting, and educational offerings for you on several issues surrounding mental health. We are extremely proud of the speakers that have agreed to be a part of this event. I strongly suggest that your chapter organizes a viewing party for your AMSA chapter and school so more people can take advantage of this great opportunity. Please use the posted webinar links, PowerPoint presentations, project ideas, and educational materials posted on the site. For HEWA 2013 webinar information, click here.

  • Monday, January 20, 2014
    Medical/Pre-Medical Student Mental Health

    Constant stress and increasing competition along with life’s other inevitable challenges are making medical and premedical students vulnerable to mental health issues.
    Medical Schools Take Active Role in Reducing Students' Stress/Anxiety

    Dr. Michael Kavan WEBINAR: January 20, 2014
    Medical/Pre-Medical Student Mental Health

    Guest Speaker: Michael Kavan, PhD - Learn More
    Watch the Recorded Event

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Mental Health in Native Populations

    Discussion of the cultural aspects surrounding mental health issues in U.S. native populations.
    Multicultural Action Center: American Indian/Alaskan Native Resources

    Dr. Anthony FlegWEBINAR: January 21, 2014
    Health Inequities in America's Indigenous Populations

    Guest Speaker: Dr. Anthony Fleg is a family physician who recently completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico. He is an AMSA alum and one of the founding members of the Native Health Initiative, an organization that focuses on serving Indigenous communities with an assets-based approach.
    Watch the Recorded Event

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014
    Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act is generating a variety of changes to health care including expanding mental health coverage in an effort to improve health outcomes.
    The Affordable Care Act and Expanding Mental Health Coverage

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014: Skills Session
    Learn some of the skills necessary to identify mental illness and better communicate with patients with mental health issues in order improve patient care.

    Mark Pollack, MDWEBINAR: January 23, 2014
    HEWA Skills Session

    Guest Speaker: Mark Pollack, MD - Learn More
    Watch the Recorded Event

HEWA Survey

We value your feedback. Please let us know how we can make HEWA better for you.

HEWA 2014

  • Jan 20 – Medical/Pre-Medical Student Mental Health
  • Jan 21 – Mental Health in Native Populations
  • Jan 22 – Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act
  • Jan 23 – Skills Session

See full schedule below on this webpage for educational materials and webinar offerings.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, please feel free to contact the Health Equity Coordinator at

Document Your HEWA

We want to know how your AMSA chapter celebrated HEWA. Please send your photos, videos, reflections, articles, or advertising to and showcase how your chapter is helping to achieve the mission of health equity.

HEWA On Your Schedule

calendarHEWA dates not convenient for your chapter? You can still participate by scheduling the dates to better accommodate your schedule. Please feel free to use the AMSA recorded webinars, project ideas and educational materials. Please feel free to contact us for any additional assistance.

Glass People

Glass People (10:28) from John Berardo on Vimeo.

Alies Muskin, Executive Director
Anxiety and Depression Association of America