Visualizing Health Equity for Boys and Men of Color

Strategies to Advance Health Equity Among Boys and Men of Color

UConn HDI is leading several arts-based initiatives to advance health equity in CT starting in June 2018. They will focus initially on visualizing health equity for Boys and Men of Color.

Our work builds on initiatives like the National Academy of Science and Medicine Visualizing Health Equity Project, which recognizes the power of art to amplify creative strategies and solutions. Bringing art to the table can stimulate authentic community dialogues about health equity among boys and men of color and accelerate home grown innovations.

HDI’s arts-based strategies also leverages Hartford’s rich tradition and ecosystem of arts and cultural centers such as the Wadsworth Atheneum,  the Bushnell, Real Art Ways, TheaterWorks, Hartford Stage, the Artists’ Collective, and many others committed to celebrating the power of art to inspire discussion, critical social analysis and community connectedness. This strategy will help us identify and connect with statewide stakeholders to establish the CT Boys and Men of Color Multi-Sector Alliance.

Dr. Wizdom Powell and the UConn Health Disparities Institute invite you to join us for our 2nd Annual Visualizing Health Equity Gallery and Artist Talk with Frederick Douglass Knowles (author, artist, activist) and Valerie Ingram (Artistic Director and Founder of Ruby’s Realm Productions).

Our theme for this event is “Our Language, Our Story, Our Vision”. At this event we will explore the ways that oral and written artists reclaim words/language as a source of power, healing and activism for health equity and social justice! They create worlds with words – thus casting a vision of possible futures for our community.

This event is free and open to the public! Registration is optional.

Location: JCJ Architecture, 120 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford, CT

Date and Time: June 19, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. (artist talk begins at 6 p.m.).

For more information, please email Community Engagement Core Lead Denise Smith,