Healthy Communities – Promoting Wellness & Achieving Health and Mental Health Equity

May 2, 2018

Ventura County Office of Education
5100 Adolfo Road
Camarillo, CA

Ventura County Health Care Agency, Sponsored by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Wm. Jahmal Miller, MHA, Director of Corporate Reputation & Thought Leadership at Blue Shield of California; Former Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity California Department of Public Health – The Promise of Health Equity
  • Rigoberto Vargas, MPH, Director, Ventura County Public Health – Social Determinants of Health: The Local Landscape
  • Manal Aboelata, MPH, Managing Director, Prevention Institute – The Built Environment and Health Equity


Panel Discussion: Innovative Efforts to Advance Health Equity at the Community Level.

  • Housing: Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, MPH, Executive Director, Esperanza Community Housing
  • Built Environment: Manal Aboelata, MPH, Managing Director, Prevention Institute
  • Chronic Stress: R. Bong Vergara, MSW, MA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, USC
  • Moderator: Daniel Hicks, VCBH Prevention Manager, Alcohol & Drug Programs


Health equity is achieved when everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make. And while we can’t currently ensure that everyone will be healthy, we can change the physical conditions in which people live, learn, work and play, one community at a time. These conditions are called the Social Determinants of Health and by improving these conditions we can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life.