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Please join us for the 13th annual Health Equity & Social Justice Conference
hosted by DePaul University’s Master of Public Health Program, the Center
for Community Health Equity, and Sinai Urban Health Institute.

Strengthening Communities of Belonging:
Reconnecting, Restoring, and Rebuilding

When: Friday, August 26th, 2022, 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL

Thank you for your interest in the 2022 HESJ Conference. At this time we have reached capacity, and registration is closed.

Questions? Contact the DePaul MPH Program at

Keynote Speaker: Derek M. Griffith, PhD
“Sankofa, Structural Racism, Social Justice, and Health Equity”

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Dr. Derek M. Griffith is a Founder and Co-Director of the Racial Justice Institute, Founder and Director of the Center for Men’s Health Equity, Member of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and tenured Professor of Health Management and Policy at Georgetown University. Dr. Griffith’s program of research focuses on developing strategies to achieve racial, ethnic and gender equity in health and wellbeing in the US and across the globe through policies and community-based programs. Dr. Griffith is a DePaul alumni, having obtained his master’s in the
Clinical-Community Psychology program.

COVID Safety at the 2022 HESJ Conference

The health and safety of our participants, presenters, and the communities of Chicago are our top priority, and we continue to closely monitor and adhere to all safety protocols. The 2022 HESJ will only offer access to in-person session due to technology restrictions, but we are looking to offer video recordings of select sessions available to view after the conference.


For in person attendees, we are taking the following precautions:

  • All attendees and presenters must remain masked at all times unless they are eating or drinking while sitting in a designated area. We will provide masks and hand sanitizer for any participant who needs them. Attendees will be reminded to keep their masks on throughout the conference.

  • Attendees will be able to color-code their name badges to signify their level of comfort with distance/interaction: green for welcoming close interaction, yellow for cautious/no physical contact, red for please keep your distance.

  • We ask that all participants are fully vaccinated and boosted beforehand, in line with your individual medical guidance.

  • If you are feeling ill prior to HESJ, or if someone in your household or in close proximity to you has tested positive for COVID or is awaiting test results, please stay home.

  • For any questions or concerns about conference safety, please reach out to us at