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


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’re less likely to get the shot in our arms. We have lower vaccination rates than any other group, so we need a targeted approach to address these health gaps. “

Denise Brooks-Williams, FACHE, Senior Vice President and CEO of North Market at Henry Ford Health System, attended the virtual session. Anthony V. King, SPECIALIST, MHSA, CEO of Wellness Plan Medical Centers; Audrey E. Smith, MPH, president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (Detroit Chapter) and COO of the Family Medical Center, Michigan; and Dr. Alexis Travis, senior assistant director, aged and adult services for 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 hosted 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 Biden government is requesting $ 153 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Social Determinants of Health program to fund research to improve health equity and data collection of races and ethnic groups populations … if we don’t deal with these underlying conditions: obesity, food deserts leading to obesity, and talking about diabetes and high blood pressure so we can do the analytical, medical research 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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