Sharing Responsibility, Improving Community Health Speaker Series
Why Should We Save the World: A Physician's Perspective on
Speaker: Pedro "Joe" Greer Jr., MD, FACP, FACG, Professor, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society at Florida International University
When: Friday, June 7 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. (Open to the public)
Where: Il Monestaro, Banquet Hall
Fostering Community Conversations Across the Racial Divide
Presented by Kira Hudson Banks, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Saint Louis University and an expert on race, discrimination, diversity and inclusion
November 30, 2012
Medicaid Expansion: It's Role, Associated Costs, and Ways to Advocate for It
Presented by Sidney Watson, JD, Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, Amy Blouin SLU School of Social Work Alum and founder and executive director of the Missouri Budget Project and Kevin Stamps, executive director at MO Medicaid Coalition
January 25, 2013
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2012-2013 Speaker Series
Be part of the solution
In 2010, the Sharing Responsibility, Improving Community Health Speaker Series aimed at strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of community organizations by providing information on the latest practice and evidence based approaches to address social determinants in order to reduce health disparities in the St. Louis region.
The conversation will continue in 2012-2013 with six new sessions that will provide attendees with information about strategies to address health inequities and disparities, as well as opportunities for partnership development. An underlying theme will be how social determinants, such as poverty, race, and living conditions impact each other and ultimately impact health.
This series is an invigorating learning opportunity to hear prevalent issues within the community and nationwide directly from public health professionals with experience. It also represents a great opportunity to meet working public health professionals from the St. Louis area.
Health Disparities in St. Louis
As the most densely inhabited and industrial city in the metropolitan area, the city of St. Louis supports over 350,000 diverse residents. It ranks as the 7th most cost-competitive location to do business among 20 U.S. cities with populations exceeding two million.
The city's downtown area is booming with renovation of buildings, new outdoor attractions, and the opening of a gourmet grocery store. St. Louis recently received over $110 million in funding for health and medical research to be conducted at the city's leading academic and research institutions.
However, within this thriving metropolitan area, many significant health problems and disparities exist. St. Louis leads the nation in the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. It tops the list for infant mortality and its prevalence is aligned or greater than some developing countries. Heart disease in African Americans is twice that of Americans overall.
Why do these disparities exist?
Whose responsibility is it to reduce and eliminate these disparities?
What are we currently doing to address these disparities?
This series is designed to address these and other questions. The purpose of the conference is to engage business, community, government and academic partners in the St. Louis region to share evidence and practiced-based strategies that can improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. After all, everyone benefits when St. Louis city residents are healthy.
The Sharing Responsibility, Improving Community Health Speaker Series is sponsored by the Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice and School of Medicine with support from the Saint Louis University Presidential Research Fund (PRF). Our Advisory Board consists of members representing business, policy, community and academia.
Dedicated to the memory of Terry Leet, PhD
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