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Hundreds of public health professionals, representatives of community-based organizations and municipal government, and prevention advocates will gather in Worcester next month for the statewide Ounce of Prevention conference, hosted annually by the Department of Public Health. The conference, marking DPH’s 150th year, takes place April 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

With its theme, Working Together for Healthier and More Equitable Communities, the daylong event places a focus on social, cultural and economic factors that contribute to public health. The event provides professional development and networking opportunities, along with tools, resources, and practical skill‐building sessions.

Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel will address the conference, and Associate Commissioner Lindsey Tucker will make opening remarks. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

Afternoon workshops will highlight programmatic, policy, and evaluation practices from across the Commonwealth with a particular focus on the social determinants of health and the root causes of health and racial inequities. Conference presenters discussing a variety of public health issues will provide tools and best practices to overcome these inequities.

To learn more or to register, visit the DPH website here. The registration fee of $55 ($25 for students) includes registration, materials, continuing education units, a light breakfast, and lunch.

We hope to see you there!

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