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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People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.

Katie Romero
Communications Specialist
Office: 269.927.5271
Mobile: 269.470.2558
Email: katie.romero@spectrumhealth.org