"The Color of Health" featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 26, 2021

"The Color of Health" featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Color of Health screenshot of panel speakers

On February 24, CEHV cohosted the web-based panel discussion "The Color of Health: Examining Racism as a Public Health Crisis" as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). 

The event featured three distinguished panelists -- Yvonka Marie Hall (Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition), J. Nwando Olayiwola (Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Ohio State), and Sherrie D. Williams (Chair of the 340B Health Board of Directors, Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western, and medical staff for the MetroHealth System) -- and was moderated by CEHV Steering Committee member Winston Thompson (Associate Professor of Education and Human Ecology).

The event, with drew 600 live participants, was featured in Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer on February 25 ("Health disparities stem from racism in medicine and society: Color of Health panel discusses inequities in health care"). Journalist Julie Washington highlights several key themes from the panel discussion, including the historical context of racial health disparities, the relationship of housing and health, the disproportional effect of COVID-19 on Black and brown communities, and ways to reform the system. 

Watch a full recording of the event here: