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Tri-C hosting free program discussing how systemic racism impacts health equity

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Posted at 11:11 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 11:11:20-05

CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County Community College is hosting a virtual program to help the public learn why racism is recognized as a public health crisis. The program, “The Color of Health: Race, Racism and Public Policy in America” will examine the links between race and health.

The free program will take place virtually from noon to 1 p.m., Feb. 24.

The panelists include:

  • Yvonka Marie Hall, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition
  • Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola, chair and professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at The Ohio State University and chief of family health services for the OSU Health System
  • Dr. Sherrie D. Williams, a pulmonologist with The MetroHealth System, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and medical director of Tri-C’s Respiratory Therapy program

Tri-C said the program will “explore how systemic racism impacts 'health equity' through social determinants such as housing, education and employment. These forces create differences in length and quality of life; rates of disease, disability, and death; and access to treatment.”

Ohio State’s Winston C. Thompson, an internationally regarded philosophy professor with a specialized focus on social and political and ethical issues related to justice and education, will moderate the panel.

Register for the program here.