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The YWCA of Northwest Ohio and Healthy Lucas County began presenting a series of lunch & learns focusing on health equity in 2020. Below are recordings of some lunch & learns, and others can be found on the YWCA’s website.

“The Impact Of Racial Inequalities Among Older Adults” featuring Tina Gaston, MBA, Director of Nutrition and Wellness Education and Outreach at the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.

“COVID Health Inequities: Barriers To Access To Healthcare For People With Disabilities During COVID” featuring Katie Hunt Thomas, Disability Rights Attorney, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo.

“Why Black Babies Are Dying” featuring a screening of TOXIC: A Black Woman’s Story, which could not be recorded for licensing reasons, and a panel discussion.

“Moving From Theory to Action: Three Equity Initiatives to Get Involved In” featuring Greg Braylock Jr., ProMedica’s Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; Kate Sommerfeld, ProMedica’s President of Social Determinants of Health Institute and Vice President of Community Relations; and John Johns, President of HOPE Toledo.

“Strategically Addressing Racial Injustice and Health Disparities” featuring Nathan Ziegler, PhD, Vice President of Culture and Inclusion at Bon Secours Mercy Health.

“#BlackStressMatters​: Understanding & Responding To Toxic Stress Through Trauma Informed Care” featuring Elijah Jones, MSW, LISW-S, Certified Diversity Professional and Manager of Treatment Services at the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County.

“Eliminating Racism” featuring Dr. Pamela Oatis, a Mercy Health pediatrician.

Healthy Lucas County is a coalition of community organizations working to improve the health of all residents of Lucas County, Ohio. We're especially focused on addressing the needs of residents living in low-income areas and lessening health disparities to help everyone live to their fullest potential. Healthy Lucas County is coordinated by the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio.

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