For immediate release: Nov 19, 2007
Posted by: [ISDH]
Contact: Elizabeth Hart
Phone: (317) 233-7090

Town Hall Meeting To Focus On Health Disparities In Lake County

INDIANAPOLIS - Despite recent studies about America's progress in overall health, racial and ethnic minorities continue to experience health disparities and higher rates of mortality in their communities.

The Indiana State Department of Health created the Office of Minority Health in 1991 to focus efforts on educating and improving preventable health conditions among the Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American Indian, and Pacific Islander communities. 

The Office of Minority Health in collaboration with Brothers Uplifting Brothers, Health East Chicago, Inc., Gary Health Department, Health Visions Midwest, and Lake County Minority Health Coalition will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28, to address disparities affecting minority communities in Lake County.  Presentations will be made by Carolin Requiz Smith, director, Indiana State Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Antoniette Holt, deputy director. 

Additionally, a panel will discuss best practices in various health issues relative to minorities. 

                                    WHEN:            Wednesday, Nov. 28

                                                            6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

                                    WHERE:         Ivy Tech Community College East Chicago

                                                            De La Garza Campus, Room 205

                                                            East Chicago, IN 46312

Ricardo Hood, M.D., Gary health commissioner and medical director for the East Chicago Community Health Center, will serve as the moderator.

The town hall meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the Lake County Minority Health Coalition at (219) 886-3648 or Health East Chicago, Inc., at (219) 397-6863 ext. 300.

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