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Recording for the July 16 Webinar, "Health Disparities in the Heartland: A Review of Data" Now Available!

posted Aug 13, 2015, 2:03 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 5:58 AM ]
On July 16, 2015, the Heartland RHEC hosted an online learning session on the health status of the heartland, titled Health Disparities in the Heartland: A Review of Data. Presenters included Gwendolyn Grant, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, and Josie Rodriguez, Administrator of the Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The recording of the webinar is available here.

Gwendolyn Grant provided an overview of the landmark Urban League of Kansas City’s 2015 State of Black Kansas City Report, which starkly illustrates the equity gaps between blacks and whites, and Hispanics and non-white Hispanics, in health, economics, education, social justice and civic engagement in the Greater Kansas City area. Racial and ethnic disparities were most notable in the social justice and economic spheres, where key metrics included data on average prison sentences, murder victimization rates, search and arrest rates, as well as median household income, net worth, poverty rates, and homeownership rates.

Josie Rodriguez spoke about the Nebraska Health Disparities Report: Working toward a Healthier State, which compared the socioeconomic and health status of Asian-American, African-American, American Indian, and Hispanic populations to white Americans in the state of Nebraska. According to data presented in the webinar, moderate progress was made in meeting Nebraska’s Healthy People 2010 objectives, in areas such as infant mortality, physical activity, smoking, nutrition, and heart disease; that said, the data points to ongoing challenges with diabetes, obesity, cholesterol, mammograms, heart disease, teen birth, prenatal care and years lost to homicide.

Presenters concluded the webinar by encouraging participants to use this data to spearhead equity work that will shrink regional disparities across several key domains: economics, health, education and social justice. Of the 85 participants, 91 percent reported that the webinar improved their understanding of these two reports, and 82 percent agreed that they would be able to apply information from the webinar in their work.