Free webinar today, Oct 11, 2023, 10am – Making the link between structural inequities and health disparities: Implications for community based helping professionals (Sponsored by NNLM Region 3)

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 3, housed at the Gibson D. Lewis Library, would like to invite you to join us for the next session of our monthly webinar series. Health Bytes is a monthly 1 hour series that focuses on topics of interest to clinicians, researchers, faculty and information professionals.

Details on joining the meeting are available at the event link below. The session is free to any interested parties.

Webinar Description:
Nationwide, Black Americans show persistent health inequities, including higher rates of infant mortality, cancer mortality, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, and stroke. These health disparities can be traced back centuries, and are strongly influenced by social determinants of health, and inextricably linked to historical inequities in US laws, housing discrimination, redlining, ethical violations in medical research, education, environment, and employment. The capacity of underserved populations to effectively engage in health care and gain empowerment in their health (health activation) can significantly reduce health disparities yet may be hindered by continued experiences with discrimination and mistrust. For communities, health, and human service providers to begin effectively addressing health disparities, it is critical to understand the complex systems, current and historical structural inequities, and sociocultural factors that influence residents’ access and engagement with care.

Presenter Description:
Dr. Emily Spence is the Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Health Equity at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. Dr. Spence’s research focuses on health disparities, community empowerment, program evaluation, and understanding community strengths and needs. She utilizes participatory approaches to support the design, development, and implementation of solution-focused community interventions. Dr. Spence received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Florida State University and her Ph.D. from Florida International University. She is also certified as a Community Health Worker Instructor in Texas.

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