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November 2021

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The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) is now accepting applications for the 2022 Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP). The SHLI-CHLP is designed to close the gap between academic medicine or academic health centers and the communities of greatest need by connecting to people who are most affected by disparities. The goal is to develop and/or enhance community health leaders who are educated, motivated, and mobilized to lead community groups in changing health behavior, improving environmental health, and influencing policies to support community health. This year’s focus area will be on climate change and environmental health equity. The 2022 cohort...

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 Mitigating Inequities Caused or Exacerbated by the COVID-19 PandemicByTurquoise Sidibe, MPHNovember 19, 2021PPartnerships and Impact As we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, health and social disparities exist that result in disproportionately higher rates of exposure, illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 for marginalized communities. In January, the White House established a Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, which last week released a comprehensive report with recommendations for mitigating inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and for preventing such inequities in the future.Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, who led the Task Force,...

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Join the Satcher Health Leadership Institute for the launch of their latest webinar series focusing on advancing medical cannabis health equity.Our first session will center around, “Informing, Educating, and Empowering” historically marginalized communities and people. We are thrilled to share that our program will be moderated by Stanley Atkins, II and will feature our Medical Cannabis and Cannabis Justice expert panelists from “The Cannabis Health Equity Movement ” (CHEM).Please make sure to register, zoom link provided upon completion of registration: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/554220bb6a4041eb8e3...

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Symposium Conclusion: Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law & Policy October 22, 2021  The Petrie-Flom Center Staff  Blog Symposia, Featured, Health Care Reform, Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy, Health Law Policy, History, Human Rights, Medical Quality, Patient Care, Public Health, Race, Resource Allocation, Social Determinants of HealthBy Lindsay F. Wiley and Ruqaiijah YearbyAs our digital symposium on health justice comes to a close, we have much to be thankful for and inspired by....

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How can we create a healthier world and prevent the crisis next time?In a few short months, COVID-19 devastated the world and, in particular, the United States. It infected millions, killed hundreds of thousands, and effectively made the earth stand still.Yet America was already in poor health before COVID-19 appeared. Racism, marginalization, socioeconomic inequality--our failure to address these forces left us vulnerable to COVID-19 and the ensuing global health crisis it became. Had we tackled these challenges twenty years ago, after the outbreak of SARS, perhaps COVID-19 could have been quickly contained. Instead, we allowed our systems to...