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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-04-2016

Akron, Ohio, November 3, 2016 – Organized by Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan, health disparity experts will gather to lead a community conversation at the Downtown branch of the Akron Summit County Public Library on Thursday, November 10 for the inaugural Mayor’s Health Equity Summit. The topic for this year’s Summit will be premature birth and infant mortality in Akron.

The goal of the inaugural Mayor’s Health Equity Summit is to engage healthcare leaders and workers, employers, benefits managers, social service agencies, government leaders, faith-based leaders, grass roots groups, and citizen advocates in developing a plan for intervention that can be implemented City-wide. Experts and researchers will discuss the causes and risk factors of prematurity and infant mortality—including social, economic and health factors—and lay out evidence-based strategies to improve maternal, infant, and child health outcomes in Akron.

Mayor Horrigan, on his decision to host the Summit, said “During my 2015 campaign and in my first year as Mayor, I have observed inequities in the City that are simply unacceptable.  Maternal and childhood health are some of the most critical inequities, as they affect foundational aspects of life and opportunity for the next generation.  One’s race or zip code should never be a factor in maternal health or life expectancy.

A primary goal of my administration is to break down entrenched barriers and build bridges that will connect all of our citizens—particularly our expectant mothers—to the resources, knowledge, and care that they need, so they and their children can live healthy, productive, and full lives here in Akron. Thanks to our distinguished panel of experts, this Summit will advance the community conversation, educate stakeholders from all sectors about the latest research, and challenge each of us to be part of the solution.  This is an evidence-based call to action to decide, as a community, how to evaluate and prioritize our efforts around eliminating disparities and improving maternal and infant health in Akron.”

This fact-finding and information-sharing forum was designed by the Health Equity Summit Steering Committee, which includes representatives from the City of Akron, Akron Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Summa Health, Summit County Public Health, and AxessPointe Community Health.  “We are proud to announce that these healthcare organizations are fully committed to being at the table, working together to develop City-wide measures based on their own and outside research to improve communication and coordination across the City,”  Dr. Teresa Albanese, Assistant to Mayor Horrigan for Education, Health, and Families, said of the Summit’s formation.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Soma Stout, MD, MS.  Dr. Stout is Vice President of Patient-Centered Medical Home Development at the Cambridge Health Alliance and Co-Director of Leadership Programs at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care and the Executive Lead for the 100 Million Healthier Lives Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Her work focuses on the transformation of health systems in underserved communities to achieve better patient experience, quality and health at a sustainable cost and a meaningful experience for caregivers.

Media are welcome and encouraged to attend and are asked to work with event representatives if interested in interviewing individual speakers.

WHAT:           Mayor’s Health Equity Summit

                        Prematurity and Infant Mortality

WHEN:           Thursday November 10, 2016

                        Breakfast and sign-in: 7:45 am

                        Programming:  8:30 am – 12:30 pm         

WHERE:        Akron-Summit County Public Library–Main Branch Auditorium, 60 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308

REGISTER:  Register at Early registration deadline is November 7, 2016 (in order to download the app required for participation in the Audience Response portion).  Late registration deadline: day of event

DETAILS:      The event is FREE.  Parking will be free with validation.

The Summa Health System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Summa Health System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Questions regarding the inaugural Mayor’s Health Equity Summit can be directed to Dr. Teresa Albanese, Assistant to Mayor Horrigan for Education, Health, and Families at (330) 375-2489.

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 S. High School, Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330/375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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