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Congresswoman Points to “Glaring Health Disparities in Detroit” at CareAdvisors/Detroit NAHSE Event

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE) – More than a year after the pandemic began, Detroit health officials recently gathered with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, who represents Michigan’s 14th Congressional District, to discuss restricted access to social services.

“Black Americans were more likely to be infected, hospitalized and more likely to die from the coronavirus,” said Congresswoman Lawrence. “Even with the vaccine, we now face another hurdle: We are less likely to get the shot in our arms. We have lower vaccination rates than any other group. That is why we need a targeted approach to fill these health gaps. ”

The virtual session was attended by Denise Brooks-Williams, FACHE, Senior Vice President and CEO of North Market at Henry Ford Health System. Anthony V. King, SPECIALIST, MHSA, CEO of Wellness Plan Medical Centers; Audrey E. Smith, MPH, president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (Chapter Detroit) and COO of the Family Medical Center in Michigan; and Dr. Alexis Travis, senior assistant director of aged and adult services in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Jointly hosted by CareAdvisors, a health technology company, and the National Association of Health Services Executives (Detroit Chapter), the Urgent Means Project Roundtable was moderated by Karen Bouffard of The Detroit News.

During the round table, the panelists discussed the insights gained and innovative ways in which their organizations can improve their services and share resources.

The congresswoman also spoke about the federal plan to expand access: “The von Biden government is calling for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund research to improve the health of the Centers for $ 153 million under the Social Determinants of Health program Health equality and data collection of races and ethnic groups to support populations … if we don’t address these underlying conditions: obesity, food deserts leading to obesity, and diabetes and hypertension for us to do the analytical, medical research can to attack and reduce these underlying social determinants, next time – and there will be another virus – we will be in the same place. ”

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