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Mayor Horrigan to Host 5th Annual Health Equity Summit - November 9th & 10th


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 10-13-2021

Akron, Ohio, October 13, 2021 — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan will host the City’s 5th Annual Health Equity Summit virtually on November 9 and 10 from 1-4:30pm. Each year, the Health Equity Summit brings together healthcare leaders and workers, employers, social service agencies, grass roots groups, and citizen advocates to discuss how to tackle racial disparities in healthcare and find equitable solutions to help those who have been historically disenfranchised. This year’s Summit will address how racism impacts the health of people of color, with a focus on evidence-based solutions to prevent youth and community violence.

“While we work to make Akron a safer, healthier, more vibrant community, the unfortunate reality is that health outcomes for Akron residents differ based on race,” Mayor Horrigan said. “Through the work of Full Term First Birthday, and my Health Equity Ambassador— Tamiyka Rose— we’ve made significant strides towards closing the gap between white and black infant mortality rates. However, there is much more work to do, and we’re not done yet. This year, we are also shining a light on the way that systemic racism intersects with violence in our community, and how we can invest in effective prevention strategies that will enhance the safety and wellbeing of some of our most underserved communities.”

The featured keynote speaker for the 2021 event is award-winning Dr. Arthur R. James, a former obstetrician, gynecologist, and associate clinical professor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. James is also the founder and formal medical director of the Kalamazoo County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review team, leading their effort to reduce infant mortality.

Other guest speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Registration for the November 9th and 10th Health Equity Summit is free and available at This year’s Summit will take place virtually with a link to the livestream sent to all registrants prior to the start of the Summit.

The Health Equity Summit is presented by Medical Mutual with additional support provided by Cleveland Clinic, Summa Health, Akron Children’s and Summit County Public Health.

For further information, contact:
City of Akron Press Office
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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