Spectrum Health Lakeland

Virtual Panel to Discuss Health Equity

Health care leaders share what health equity is, why it matters, and what it looks like in action for health care systems

ST. JOSEPH, Mich., March 15, 2021 – Community Grand Rounds, a collaborative effort with Spectrum Health Lakeland, will host an online panel of health care professionals who play a critical role in national, state, and county in efforts to advance health equity. The free event, “Health Equity in Action” will take place at 1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 24 and be broadcast live via Zoom.

Panelists include Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, chief health equity officer of the American Medical Association; Renee Canady, PhD, MPA-MPHI, chief executive officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute; and Nicki Britten, MPH, health officer of the Berrien County Health Department. Together they will share why health equity matters and what it looks like in practice for health care systems. Panelists will also provide concrete ideas about the kinds of activities health systems should be engaged in to advance health equity.

“Many health care organizations, including Spectrum Health Lakeland, are working hard to address the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on communities of color,” said Lynn Todman, PhD, vice president of health equity, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “Despite everything that has occurred in the past year, I remain optimistic that, as a community, we can take meaningful and effective action toward equitable health care and health equity.”

Pre-registration is required. The event will take place live via Zoom, and subsequently be posted on Spectrum Health Lakeland and Community Grand Rounds Facebook pages and YouTube channels. To register, visit spectrumhealthlakeland.org/cgr or search “Community Grands Rounds” on Facebook.

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Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan with more than 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Jessica Springer
PR Specialist
Phone: (269) 927-5271
Email: jspringer1@lakelandhealth.org