Townhall - Black Enterprise

A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE APRIL 28, 2022 7:00-8:30 PM EST

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Wellness & Healthcare Disparities – How Black People Can Live Better and Longer

Healthcare in America is often discussed as if everyone gets the same high-quality care. However, because of racial disparities in the American healthcare system, that is too often not the case. The uneven distribution of resources between racial communities results in grossly underequipped and understaffed hospitals—especially in the African American community. Food deserts disproportionately affect Black communities, making fresh, healthy foods less accessible. These inequities in health and wellness result in the loss of millions of African American lives, a reality tragically played out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Against this daunting backdrop, our virtual town hall discussion focuses on specific, solution-focused questions: What can we as Black people do—in our homes, families, and communities—to overcome the barriers to greater levels of health and wellness? What actions can we take today to live better, longer lives?
Our Wellness and Healthcare Disparities Town Hall will also explore the impact of the following related issues:
  • COVID-19 in the Black community
  • Unequal distribution of funding for hospitals and other medical resources
  • The need for more and better bias training for medical staff
  • Food deserts
  • Increasing access to reliable health information
  • Rebuilding trust between healthcare providers and Black patients
  • The impact of wealth disparity on maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Connecting mental well-being and physical health

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