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Press Release - 12/6/2017


State hosts 14th annual health equity conference, addresses health disparities in Maryland


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
 
State hosts 14th annual health equity conference, addresses health disparities in Maryland
 
Baltimore, MD (December 6, 2017) – The Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities will host the 14th Annual Maryland Health Equity Conference on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at Martin’s West in Baltimore. The conference will feature speakers and panelists from Maryland’s General Assembly, national, state and local health partners, Maryland Department of Health representatives, health organizations, and community-based groups.
 
This year’s theme is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities: Coordination, Collaboration, & Opportunities in Maryland.” The purpose of the conference is to highlight programs that work to achieve health equity through cross-sectoral collaborations and community engagement. A specific focus will be placed on population health strategies and approaches to addressing health disparities in Maryland communities to, ultimately, close health care gaps for all Marylanders. Conference presentation topics will include Maryland’s primary care program; public health implementation strategies for improving population health; Maryland’s Two Generation Approach; collaborative opioid overdose prevention efforts; National Minority Health Month 2017 community conversation insights; and workforce development of community health workers.
 
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
                9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
WHERE:  Martin’s West
 
SPEAKERS:
? Mr. Dennis R. Schrader, Maryland Department of Health Secretary
? Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, District 44
? Ms. Stephanie Slowly, Minority Health and Health Disparities Acting Director
? Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, Maryland Center for Health Equity Director
? Dr. E. Albert Reece, Keynote Speaker
 
Media interesting in attending should confirm with Brittany Fowler at Brittany.fowler@maryland.gov o410-767-1368.
 
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Marylanders who need help finding substance-use-disorder treatment resources should visit MdDestinationRecovery.org or call the Maryland Crisis Hotline, which provides 24/7 support, at 1-800-422-0009. For information on many of the policies currently implemented to fight substance use disorder and overdose in Maryland, see http://goo.gl/KvEzQw. If you know of someone who needs treatment for a substance use disorder, treatment facilities can be located by location and program characteristics on our page at http://goo.gl/rbGF6S
 
The Maryland Department of Health is the State agency that protects Maryland’s public health. We work together to promote and improve the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management, and community engagement. Stay connected: www.twitter.com/MDHealthDeptand www.facebook.com/MarylandDHMH.