Health equity—still not there

22nd National Health Equity Research Webcast

Tomorrow, with several partners, and moderated by University of North Carolina President Emeritus Tom Ross, we’ll host the 22nd National Health Equity Research Webcast. We’ll focus on some of the areas where we, collectively, could do more to reduce inequities.

Health inequities abound—whether it’s the disproportionate burden in low-income communities of unsafe and inaccessible water, food deserts, neighborhoods that are not walkable and lack appropriate lighting and sidewalks, higher prevalence of some cancers and other diseases or any number of others. Here’s another inequity. A recent study reported in the American Journal of Public Health showed that African-Americans over age 65 years were more likely than similar-age whites to have medical debt—personal debt incurred from health care costs.

I’d love to hear all the presidential candidates weigh in on these important issues and what they will do about them. That’s not going to happen tomorrow, but there will be lively presentations and discussions about health inequities and potential solutions from the vantage points of three knowledgeable panelists and more than 650 in-studio and online participants.

There’s still time to register—barely. Both in-studio audience participation and live video-streaming are free, but registration is required to participate. If you’re in Chapel Hill, register to attend in person at the UNC School of Social Work’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium. We’d love to see you there! The webcast will be archived for those unable to attend or stream the live event.

For more information on the speakers and ways to participate, visit the event website.

Political Power, Policy and Health Equity
Tuesday, June 7; 1:30–4:00 p.m. EDT

Happy Monday.

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