Heather McGhee Streaming Package for the 2022 Conference

The Washington State Public Health Association is excited to host 

Heather McGhee

author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
at its annual conference to be held in Wenatchee, WA October 11-13, 2022. If you can’t join us in-person this year for this inspiring moment, you can join us virtually.

Why is this event important for you and your organization?
The current state of politics attempts to spread misinformation and designate winners and losers when it comes to race and justice. Many are led to believe that if one group is lifted, another must fall. However, what if all boats can be lifted and a zero-sum game achieved? Ms. McGhee’s talk and the accompanying workshops will be a valuable and transformational learning for all interested in achieving an equitable and healthy Washington for all.

“Heather McGhee’s message of how racism hurts us all and how we can have conversations about race within our agencies and communities is critical for our all of us. I hope you will join us in-person or virtually for this meaningful and timely dialogue.” – Adrian Dominguez, WSPHA President

Please accompany us to view Ms. McGhee’s live presentation as well as join WSPHA for these additional live-streamed programs included with the program:


10:10 – 11:40 AM Racism as a Public Health Crisis

How does racism show up in your communities? What are the impacts of white supremacy?
WSPHA has acknowledged the effect of white supremacy and institutional racism on health status resulting in inequities of higher rates of morbidity and mortality among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) populations. We define white supremacy as the belief that white people are a superior race to the point of it being detrimental to other racial or ethnic groups. While white supremacy is not as overt as it was in America decades ago, many of the systems it installed are still in place and causing harm to others.

Moderator: JanMarie Ward, WSPHA President-Elect   
Elaine Ishihara, Director, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Advocating Together for Health
Jenny Slagle, Tribal Relations Professional, Tmíyu Consulting
Kitara Johnson, Chief Human Resource Officer, Excelsior
Esmael Xiutecpatl Lopez, Community Engagement Specialist, Farmworker Unit, Northwest Justice Project


12:25 – 1:25 PM Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Introduction: Adrian Dominguez, WSPHA President 

Heather McGhee designs and promotes solutions to inequality in America. She has testified in Congress, drafted legislation and become a regular contributor on shows like Meet the Press. For nearly two decades, she helped build the non-partisan "think and do" tank Demos, serving four years as president. Her New York Times bestselling book The Sum of Us was longlisted for the National Book Award and for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. The book's cross-cutting message about the economic costs of racism to us all garnered it the Zocalo Prize for the best book advancing our shared humanity AND the Porchlight prize for the Best Business Book of the Year. Heather is currently chair of the board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization.


2:00 – 2:50 PM Indigenous People's History and Health; Relevance to Homelands, Treaties, and Tribal Sovereignty

 "The Indian nations had always been considered as distinct, independent political communities retaining their original natural rights as undisputed possessors of the soil, from time immemorial"...Worcester v Georgia 1832 Supreme Court Decision from the Marshall Trilogy.

What does this understanding from the Supreme Court ruling mean in context of the health, healing, and restoration of Indigenous people today?

Moderator: JanMarie Ward, WSPHA President-Elect
Andrew Joseph, Councilman, Confederated Tribes of Colville 
Toni Lodge, Executive Director, Spokane NATIVE Project 
Tony Johnson, Chairman, Chinook Tribe 
Vicki Lowe, Executive Director, American Indian Health Commission


4:20 – 5:10 PM Transforming Public Health to Address Racism

Racism is a Public Health Crisis. Structural and institutional racism has caused harm to Black, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color (BIPOC) and has led to distrust of our public health systems, structures, and frameworks.

We, together, must create a new path beginning by identifying how racism is manifested in our public health systems and institutions. Together, we must work to dismantle and deconstruct dominant systems of power and oppression, and with all communities, innovate and construct a healing and equitable future. What should be considered in creating a path of healing and restoration?

 Moderator: JanMarie Ward, WSPHA President-Elect
Dr. Ben Danielson, Pediatrician and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington
Karina L. Walters, MSW, PhD (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Professor and Katherine Chambers Hall University Scholar and Co-Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institution, University of Washington
Adrian Dominguez, MS, WSPHA President


Virtual Registration Levels


Member Type


Future Member/No-Barrier.
It is the interest of WSPHA to assure learning access for all. If the registration cost is a barrier to view Heather McGhee and the virtual program, please register at no cost.
We are grateful you are joining us.

WSPHA Member, Student, or Community Member $20
Professional, Non-WSPHA Member $40
WSPHA Organizational Member (Streaming Link can be shared throughout your organization) $100
Non-WSPHA Member Organization (Streaming Link can be shared throughout your organization) $250


 Click here to register

Ms. McGhee’s presence would not be possible without our sponsors:

Equity Champion
Equity Advocates
Equity Allies

Equity Partners


Cancellation Policy
The Washington State Public Health Association incurs costs based on the number of expected attendees, and late cancellations impact our ability to continue to offer a high-quality conference and learning experience for our participants. WSPHA can offer refunds based on the schedule below.

Request received by:
September 1st: 100% refund
October 1st: 50% refund
After October 1st, no refund