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Health Equity Summit II to be Held April 16

Thursday April 5, 2012

The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity and the Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention & Wellness are co-sponsoring a health equity summit. The event, “Health Equity Summit II: Setting a Vision for Tangible Change: Moving from Awareness to Action,” will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., April 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The summit is free and open to the public. Physicians can earn continuing medical education credits for attending. Register at NortonHealthcare.com/HealthEquitySummit or at (502) 629-1234.

“The Health Equity Summit will examine new approaches to eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity in the light of burgeoning technologies and health care reform,” said LaQuandra Nesbitt, M.D., MPH, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and a presenter at the summit.

“We want people to take away a sense of urgency and a renewed commitment to collaborate to expand policy initiatives and programs required to making tangible changes that are needed to achieve health equity,” said Sandra E. Brooks, M.D., MBA, system vice president of research and prevention at Norton Healthcare.

M. Chris Gibbons, M.D., MPH, associate director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, will discuss “The Promise of eHealth Solutions in Closing the Chronic Disease Disparity Gap.” Brian D. Smedley, Ph.D., vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will speak on “Building Stronger Communities for Better Health: Moving from Science to Policy and Practice.” Adewale Troutman, M.D., MPH, M.A., CPH, will address “Driving Change Locally, Nationally and Globally: Toward Health Equity.”

The event also will include presentations from Steve Tarver, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville; Muriel J. Harris, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor of the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences; and C. Anneta Arno Ph.D., MPH, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity.

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