Health Equity

Health Equity Committee / Riverside University Health System -- Public Health


Dedicated to the elimination of health inequities in Riverside County, the Health Equity Committee was established in 2008 to examine issues relating to the health, ethnic, linguistic and sexual minorities throughout the region. 

Challenges addressed among vulnerable populations include:  

  • Ethnic/cultural minorities
  • Sexual minorities
  • Disparities based on age                                                                                                                
  • Disparities based on disability

Since its launch, the work of the committee has broadened to address such factors as:

  • Crime
  • Stress
  • Land use
  • Predatory lending practices
  • Institutional and historic racism and homophobia
  • Other issues linked to social justice and social determinants of health

 The Health Equity Committee has remained representative of multiple disciplines, job classifications and cultural experience.          
Members focus their work on staff development, establishing agency-wide policies, committee by-laws and objectives.

For more information on the Health Equity Committee and its activities, contact Epidemiology and Program Evaluation at (951) 358-5557.


 A Message from the Chair:

The Health Equity Committee collaborates with agencies and community partners in an effort to highlight the importance of health equity and eliminating health disparities in Riverside County.

The committee consists of public health professionals with varying backgrounds, experiences and ideas that help advance the worthy cause of ensuring that all Riverside County residents enjoy equal access to health and wellness.

Salomeh Wagaw, Chair

Health Equity Committee


Board Members:


Chair : Salomeh Wagaw                                                        Policy: Martin Baxter


Secretary : Megan Crumpler                                                 Facilitation: Vanessa Quintana


Curriculum subcommittee: Aaron Gardner                       Marketing: Neda Movahed






 Improving Health for All -- a department-wide training series


The goal of this innovative training series is to build a public health workforce able to address health inequities and the social     determinants of health. It is designed to increase staff awareness and knowledge in the discipline of Public Health, health disparities and the elimination of health inequities and to create learning activities that foster a deep understanding of the social determinants of health and build a commitment to eliminate health inequities in our diverse population.



Summary of Training Series 2016