Health Equity – I Can Make a Difference
April 7, 2022 ,
The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy hosted its second annual health equity event. The Health Equity: I Can Make a Difference program seeks to help health care providers and student health care providers improve their knowledge and skills to provide equitable, accessible, and high-quality care for patients from diverse backgrounds. This program will also address the impact of health disparities and the roles and responsibilities of health care providers and community members to evaluate solutions.
Speaker: Dr. Jerome Adams
Dr. Jerome Adams is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, Distinguished Professor, Presidential Fellow & Executive Director of Health Equity Initiatives at Purdue. After growing up poor and Black in a Southern rural community, Jerome Adams went on to lead the 6,000 person U.S. Public Health Service as “America’s Doctor” during a worldwide pandemic. As Surgeon General, he brought a passionate commitment to fighting issues that his own family and community experienced, including limited healthcare access, chronic disease, substance use disorder and ensuing stigma, tobacco addiction, maternal health, mental illness and the opioid epidemic. Dr. Adams’ talks merge his expertise at the forefront of national and global health policy with his own personal experiences: growing up with life-threatening asthma, as a brother to someone with substance use disorder, and as someone navigating politics to tirelessly champion the health of the vulnerable and voiceless during times of crisis.