Common Ground Health to host conference on health equity

Nationally-acclaimed writer and medical ethicist Harriet Washington will be the keynote speaker at a virtual conference on the inequities affecting the health-care system.

The African American and Latino Health Coalititons, convened by Common Ground Health, will host the annual Speak Life! Health Equity Conference April 23 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The virtual event — titled Revive — is free and open to the public.

The conference will tackle some of the most challenging issues related to widespread inequities that affect the health-care system.

“Revive is a powerful theme that places emphasis on the need to ignite, unite, uplift, and motivate our community as we work to solve and tackle issues of racism, discrimination, mental health, and inequities in our healthcare system,” Dr. Linda Clark, chief medical officer for Common Ground Health, said in a press release about the event.

Washington is the author of six books, including the acclaimed Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present and Carte Blanche: the Erosion of Medical Consent in Medical Research. She will be joined by Dr. S. Michelle Ogunwole, health disparities researcher and John Hopkins University professor; Denise Smith, executive director of the National Association of Community Health Workers; and John Rodriguez, award-winning entrepreneur and change agent.

Community members can register to attend and find more details at

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