Akron to host virtual health equity summit November 9-10

AKRON, Ohio – The City of Akron will virtually host its annual Health Equity Summit November 9-10 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The summit is free but registration is required. A live stream link will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

In its fifth year, the summit is a gathering of leaders and health care workers, employers, social service agencies, grassroots groups and advocates to discuss how to address racial disparities in communities. health care and finding equitable solutions to help those who have historically been disenfranchised. This year’s event will focus on the impact of racism on the health of people of color and on evidence-based solutions to prevent violence among youth and the community.

“As we work to make Akron a safer, healthier and more vibrant community, the sad reality is that the health outcomes of Akron residents differ based on race,” said Mayor Dan Horrigan in a press release. “This year, we’re also highlighting how systemic racism intersects with violence in our community, and how we can invest in effective prevention strategies that will improve the safety and well-being of some of our worst-hit communities. served. “

Arthur R. James, a former obstetrician, gynecologist and clinical associate professor at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University, is the keynote speaker at the summit. James is the Founder and Official Medical Director of the Kalamazoo County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Team. In this role, he was responsible for leading efforts to reduce child mortality.

Additional speakers and panelists will be announced prior to the event.

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