Tuesday, August 30, 2016

September Update

August was a busy month filled with many opportunities for CHIP partners and the community to learn about the issues that frame our CHIP priorities –specifically around health disparities & health equity.  For a summary of two of these events, please read below.

An Evening with Dr. Arthur James
On August 18th, over 60 community shareholders, leaders, and health providers spent an evening with Dr. Arthur James, a pediatrician and obstetrician, who has had positive success in reducing disparities in infant mortality in Ohio and Michigan through community-wide efforts. Dr. James' presentation highlighted for our community that WE CAN make a difference. 

This event was sponsored by the Community Centered Health Home (CCHH) team in order to bring awareness to this issue.  This event launches the CCHH team's advocacy efforts that will work to eliminate disparities in pregnancy and birth outcomes in Buncombe County. If you would like to learn more about the efforts of the CCHH, please contact Maggie Adams at maggie.adams@mahec.net. Please click here for Dr. James’ presentation.


The 2016 Diversity Summit: Transforming Healthcare Equality into Equity


On August 19th, MAHEC and Mission Health hosted The 2016 Diversity Summit: Transforming Healthcare Equality into Equity. Over 130 participants were challenged to make equity a priority in their lives, communities, and organizations. The keynote address by Dr. Arthur James from Ohio State University inspired all in attendance. The afternoon gave us an opportunity to work in small groups on how to achieve equity. New relationships and partnerships were formed and current relationships were deepened. MAHEC's Regional Education is very proud to have been able to bring a diverse group of presenters together to affect lasting change in our community.  Please click here for Dr. James’ presentation.