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Equitable Policymaking in Rural Communities

Episode 3: Charting a path forward

Good Governance
FY23 VES Episode 3 - Rural product image

What policies and practices are states and localities implementing to advance racial, economic, and health equity for those living in rural communities?

What strategies are needed to ensure that BIPOC and other marginalized rural communities are engaged in every step of the policymaking process?

Join us on Tuesday, March 28, at 11am PT / 2pm ET to learn about innovative policy strategies and solutions that have the power to create opportunity and health equity in rural communities at local, regional, and state levels. Our speakers will discuss how to promote economic development, strengthen the workforce, build the power of partnerships, and foster collaboration and alignment across all levels of government.

This 90-minute webinar is for anyone who wants to advance equity and opportunity in rural communities — including staff in government agencies; state and local policymakers; and community advocates.


  • Shauneequa Owusu, chief strategy officer, ChangeLab Solutions (moderator)
  • Trisha Purdon, director, Office of Rural Prosperity, Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Corey Wiggins, federal co-chairman, Delta Regional Authority
  • Rachel Mayes, executive director, Southern Echo, Inc.

Register for the webinar.

This event is part of our Toward Better Rural Futures project, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and participates in Aspen Institute’s Thrive Rural initiative. The project aims to address systemic barriers that perpetuate deep-rooted inequities in rural and tribal communities’ health, well-being, and access to opportunity. 

This webinar is the third episode in our 2023 series Equity in Action: Policymaking for Community Health.