Please join TUCWomen for Racial Health Inequities, a webinar on Monday, June 28 at 7:00 PM, open to all. This event is the second program in their series on Black history and its implications for today, Revealing History, How We Got Here, Why It Matters. The program will review some of the historical roots of today’s health disparities and highlight action steps that participants can take to advocate for more equitable health care, both nationally and in Connecticut. Our guest speaker will be the Rev. Robyn Anderson, Director of the Ministerial Health Fellowship. Advance registration is required by clicking HERE.
Connecticut is among the healthiest states in the country, yet a closer look at the data shows clear, tragic and costly health disparities between White people and people of color. For example, according to a 2020 report published by the Connecticut Health Foundation, Black adults are more than twice as likely as White adults to have diabetes, nearly four times as likely to have amputations, and more than twice as likely to die from the disease. Black children and teens are 5.5 times more likely to have an asthma-related ED visit and 4.5 times more likely to be hospitalized due to the condition than White children and teens. According to the Connecticut Health Foundation, socio-economic differences can contribute to these outcomes, but health disparities exist even when controlling for education and income.
From heart disease to cancer, from infant mortality to life expectancy, why do such disparities exist? How does our history of racism and discrimination impact the health of Black Americans today? And what is being done — and what can we do — to close these gaps?
We are excited to welcome guest speaker, Rev. Robyn Anderson, Director of the Ministerial Health Fellowship, an integrated, faith-based health care advocacy network that addresses systemic barriers to Black communities’ access to care. The program will also include art and musical performances by stage actor Ryan Williams French and Rev. Ed Thompson and The Quintet.
We hope you will join us for this multi-media event that will help explain racial health inequities and why the Centers for Disease Control recently declared racism as a “serious public health threat” to the well-being of millions of Americans and a “fundamental driver of racial and ethnic health inequities in the US.”
Click HERE to register for this free event!