Public health experts, community leaders and others will discuss the underlying causes of — and potential paths to eliminating — health disparities at a summit this weekend in Farmington.
The National Health Disparities Elimination Summit will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. It’s organized by the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Connecticut and the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute.
Organizers say the event is intended to bring stakeholders together to exchange information and resources, with the ultimate goal of eliminating health disparities. Discussions will focus on how different environments — physical, healthcare and social — impact people’s health and cause disparities among different populations.
The summit, sponsored by the Connecticut Legislative Black & Puerto Rican Caucus, will focus in particular on African American and Latino health nationwide.
Mustafa Santiago Ali, senior advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization Division, will be the keynote speaker.
Ali is a founding member of the EPA Office of Environmental Justice and played a major role in forming many of the EPA’s programs on environmental justice and community revitalization. In his role as senior advisor, he evaluates environmental justice issues and integrates and strengthens the government’s environmental justice programs and efforts.
Ali also advises the White House on environmental and climate justice issues. He has been a speaker, trainer, and facilitator on social justice issues for more than 20 years.
Other summit speakers include scientists, researchers, government officials, public health experts, and community leaders from throughout Connecticut and around the country.
Participants will examine current examples of environmental challenges that contribute to poor health outcomes, and discuss ways to create a “national action plan/toolkit” to help alleviate those problems.
Attendees will participate in various breakout sessions. Topics for those include environmental racism, asthma, gun violence in urban communities, the Affordable Care Act, access to healthcare, and others.
For more information, and to register, visit http://cicats.uconn.edu/2016NHDES/