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"I think these days we talk a lot about physician burnout, I would posit that maybe some of those feelings of burnout come from a feeling of problems being larger than yourself, feeling larger than one person can handle and feeling helpless in light of that.  What Health Equity Circle helped me to see was that you don't do a campaign with just one person, its about building collective power, and learning how to do that."

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The Health Equity Circle is a student led organization that brings students together across programs and universities

We learn about health equity issues on campus and in the community and how to act through community organizing.

By partnering with community and campus groups we are building our collective power to make the positive changes we want to see on campus and in our community and advance health equity.

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We don’t organize for health equity FOR people. We organize for health equity WITH people.

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HEC Summit 2024

The HEC summit held its first in person summit since the Covid pandemic on April 6th, 2024

Student and community leaders from Wyoming, Montana and Washington gathered at the WSU Elson S Floyd Center for the people for an all day summit to learn from each other, build relationships and guide the HEC for the coming year.

Thank you to the generous financial support of the Empire Health Foundation for supporting the summit

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Health Equity Organizer positions now hiring

Health Equity Circle is partnering with the WSU Elson S Floyd College of Medicine to develop two organizer positions, see below for details

Health Equity Lead Clinic Organizer (Everett)

The Health Equity Lead Clinic Organizer will provide support to local clinics through ongoing development of clinic organizing programs. The lead organizer supports the clinic-based community organizing initiative that seeks to identify common health and social issues impacting patients, develop patient and staff leaders capable of leading change, and create patient-clinic-community collaborations (or communities of solution) to address patient-identified issues. Rather than focusing solely on the individual patient as the unit of intervention, the program extends towards the community as the unit of change, diagnosing community-wide barriers/issues (e.g., racism, sexism, trans-/homo-phobia, housing instability, food insecurity) rather than illness alone, and addressing them with community-powered solutions and leadership development for civic engagement.


Health Equity Circle Organizer (Spokane)

The Health Equity Organizer will provide support to student led health equity circle chapters in Spokane and oversees the regional network of Health Equity Circle student chapters. The Health Equity organizer position is an academic-community collaboration between the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and the Health Equity Circle.

Key responsibilities will include: creating systems, developing and delivering curriculum involving the impacts of social determinants of health, relational leadership, and community organizing on health equity to build student capacity for upstream change; establishing a strong network of engaged interprofessional student leaders and community partners.


Please let me know if you have any questions,


Luis Manriquez, MD 

Pronouns: He/him <-Why is this here?

Community Health Equity Director

Office of Land Grant Mission and Leadership

O: 509-368-6880

[email protected]

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PPE donations to support COVID-19 health efforts

Thank you to the Chinese-American and Asian-American communities for donations of PPE and support of our efforts to address COVID-19. In a time that has brought out a lot of xenophobia we are thankful that these organizations are showing us how to come together in a time of crisis.
Thank you to:
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association: Seattle Chapter
Hubei Association of Seattle
HUST Alumni Association of Seattle
Plateau True Light Christian Church
United Chinese Americans of Washington (UCA-WA)
Their donation is helping directly support our street medicine team and Community Health Volunteers monitoring program, see below


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HEC Summit: Portland

The 5th annual HEC Summit will take place in Portland on April 7th.

The HEC Summit brings together student leaders from HEC chapters to develop relationships, share knowledge and develop best practices for the HEC.

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