The promotion of health equity is central to Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH) work to support optimal health for every person and community.

As a part of this effort, TFAH is launching a four-part Web Forum series called Taking Action to Promote Health Equity—Using the Lessons from Cutting-Edge Practices to Improve Health and Well Being. Our goal is to shine a bright light on some of the most compelling and replicable activities that help advance health equity. Program speakers will share their lessons learned through practice and experiences that are transferable to diverse community settings—large or small, urban or rural—and with substantial or minimal resources. And while a few of the examples may be familiar, the Web Forum series will feature excellent work that has not received much national attention.

TFAH designed the series so you can participate in all four Web Forums or any that you want to attend. And when the series is over, they will be available online. Each segment is being planned with substantial time for questions and answers. Furthermore, if the participants identify topics of further interest, TFAH will use that information to plan future Web Forums.

The series will be hosted by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, TFAH’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and presented through the Dialogue4Health platform. The first Web Forum of the series will analyze the impact of The California Endowment’s unprecedented Building Healthy Communities initiative. This $1 billion, multi-year effort in 14 communities across California has shown what can be achieved with long-term, community-led, place-based campaigns. The panelists will provide a broad overview of the initiative, highlight two community examples, and equip audience members with strategies and tools they can use to advance health equity in their work and communities.

Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees. This event is recommended for anyone working in public health, advocacy, community-based systems, insurers, and local and state health officials.


Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH

Senior Vice President, Healthy Communities

The California Endowment

Oakland, CA

Anthony B. Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities, joined The Endowment in October 2009.

Prior to his appointment at The Endowment, Iton served since 2003 as both the director and County Health Officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department. In that role, he oversaw the…

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Andrea Manzo

Hub Manager

East Salinas Building Healthy Communities

Salinas, CA

Andrea Manzo is the Regional Equity Director for the East Salinas Building Healthy Communities (BHC), a 10-year initiative funded by The California Endowment. Her role is to support the BHC initiative including its grantees by forging relationships with community and government ensuring meaningful collaboration. In partnership with the City of…

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Sandra Celedon

Executive Director

Fresno Building Healthy Communities

Fresno, CA

Sandra Celedon is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Fresno Building Healthy Communities and is responsible for guiding and supporting multi-sector, diverse stakeholder collaboration in order to foster and encourage thriving communities where all children and families can live healthy, safe and productive lives.

She received her degree in…

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J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Trust for America’s Health

Washington, DC

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at TFAH, where she works in partnership with the president and CEO to develop and implement strategic policy priorities, and manages TFAH’s core business functions and internal operations. She has extensive leadership and…

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Presentation Slides

  • Taking Action to Promote Health Equity Series: Lessons Learned from The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities