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Local Citizens and Community Leaders to Join Health Care Experts For Health Equity Town Hall Meeting, Public Invited

Dr. Sylvia Flack

Dr. Sylvia Flack

April 9, 2012
   Anton Gunn, a regional director for the U.S. Department Health and Human Service will join other health care experts and community leaders including Marlon Hunter, director of the Forsyth County Health Department, at a Health Equity Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 19, from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center.

    The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on health disparities and health care reform.  It is part of the community collaboration led by the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEHD) at Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) School of Health Sciences.

    “Research indicates that infant mortality, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease are still more likely to strike African Americans,” said Dr. Sylvia Flack, director of CEEHD. “The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting is  to create a community dialogue about health care disparities and health care reform as a means of creating a course of action for individuals and this community to work together to improve the overall health of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”

    The town hall meeting will include a panel on healthcare and health disparities issues as well as a panel of local citizens discussing their experiences with health issues. There will also be an audience question and answer session led by a team of experts on cancer, women’s health, mental health, healthcare access and preventive care.  The meeting will end with a session on developing the next steps for community action to deal with the issues.  Participants will also have an opportunity before and after the meeting to gather information from a variety of local resource organizations.

    The session is being sponsored by the CEEHD, the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, First Community Bank, Aetna Foundation, the WSSU School of Health Sciences, Forsyth County Health Department, the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equipment, CHANGE and the Institute for dismantling Racism.

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