Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2018)-- Across America, African Americans have a lower life expectancy than whites. In Baltimore, this gap can reach 20 years. Race and poverty drive persistent health inequities, and the impact on entire communities can be devastating. What is the cause of such severe disparities in Baltimore and other cities around the country, and how can they be alleviated?
On Wednesday, June 13, The Atlantic will host, “Healing the Divide” a forum examining Baltimore’s health disparities and solutions for building a more equitable public health environment. The forum will convene community leaders, policy makers, and public health experts for a series of conversations on public health through the lens of nutrition, housing, and healthcare access.
- Kiarra Boulware, Administrative Assistant and Community Outreach Worker, Penn North Recovery Center
- Chris Bradshaw, Executive Director, Dreaming Out Loud
- Steve Dixon, President and Chief Operating Officer, Penn North Recovery Center
- Lisa Cooper, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Holly Freishtat, Baltimore City Food Policy Director
- Garth Graham, President, Aetna Foundation
- Alice Kennedy, Baltimore City Housing Deputy Commissioner
- Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
- John Rich, Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health
- Samuel Ross, CEO, Bon Secours Hospital
- Leana Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner