February 16th to February 18th, 2023

The U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network invites you to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to the first in-person National Summit “Centering Equity While Moving Through Wellness To Wellbeing.” The Summit will begin on Thursday, February 16th and conclude on Saturday, February 18th, 2023.  

Presentations will focus on the following themes:

Theme 1: Establishing a successful Okanagan Charter adoption process
Theme 2: Post-adoption campuses, keeping the momentum
Theme 3: Health education, prevention, health promotion, and well-being: Understanding the differences
Theme 4: The intersection of equity, social justice, and wellbeing
Theme 5: Measuring success through data collection and assessment

Participants will leave with a better understanding of the imperative of centering equity in their wellbeing work and how to utilize principles of the Okanagan Charter to move their campus forward. This Summit centers the aspirations of the Okanagan Charter to “enhance the success of their institutions; create campus cultures of compassion, well-being, equity and social justice; improve the health of the people who live, learn, work, play and love on our campuses; and strengthen the ecological, social and economic sustainability of our communities and wider society.” 

Call for Proposals:

We welcome you to share your expertise at the upcoming U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network Summit by submitting a brief program proposal*. There will be one 75-min block of time for accepted programs. Each session will include three to four 15-minute sessions with time for Q&A at the end. 

*Proposal Submissions are limited to USHPCN Members.

If you have any questions related to the Presentation Proposals, please email Brian Vanderheyden.

Because of Birmingham’s unique place in the history of America, the planning workgroup has chosen to focus on two of the eight key principles:  

  • Value local and indigenous communities’ contexts and priorities Advance health promotion through engagement and an informed understanding of local and indigenous communities’ contexts and priorities, and consideration of vulnerable and transitioning populations’ perspectives and experiences. 
  • Act on an existing universal responsibility Act on the “right to health” enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to ensure health promotion action embodies principles of social justice, equity, dignity, and respect for diversity while recognizing the interconnectedness between people’s health, social and economic systems and global ecological change.

This Summit will offer a deep dive into Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement and highlight the struggle and legacy of racial inequality in America.

What to expect during the Summit:


  • Early Bird: $150
  • Regular: $250

The Early Bird registration will open on Thursday, September 15th, 2022, and will end on Thursday, December 15th, 2022. 

Hotel Information:

Hilton Birmingham at UAB

808 20th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35205

The UAB Hilton Hotel is located only a few blocks away from the Hill Student Center, where the majority of the conference sessions will take place. A complimentary shuttle will assist you with transportation to and from the Hill Student Center for conference sessions.

The UAB Hilton provides a limited shuttle service that travels in a one-mile radius and to/from Birmingham Airport for travel needs outside the conference sessions. Other hotel amenities include two restaurants, an outdoor pool, immersive spin bikes in the fitness center.

To request accommodations or receive additional information, please contact Holly Holliday-Jones at hhj@uab.edu

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham!