Barriers to Health Equity in Iowa City: Centering Diverse Community Voices

Feb 3, 2021

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

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Health Equity

A CLAS Theme Year Event
Learn about the CLAS Theme Year initiative: "Pursuing Racial Justice at the University of Iowa" 

Registration is not required for this event.
Please join us at
https://www.youtube.com/c/UIOWACLAS or https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/99445900076

Despite efforts by policy makers and health advocates, health inequity continues to be pervasive both globally and locally. Persons of lower socio-economic status, minoritized communities, and those who have experienced migration continue to suffer from poorer health outcomes than other groups.

Iowa City is no exception to this pattern.

In this panel, we bring together individuals who work along the spectrum of care for disadvantaged groups to speak about their experiences while striving to improve health outcomes for all individuals in Iowa City. 

There will be a Q&A after the presentations for panel and audience members to discuss the issues, questions raised, and possible solutions. 

Please note: If you wish to ask questions of the panel, you must view it via Zoom at https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/99445900076.


Patrick TaggartRegional Director, Proteus

Adrian Silva—Spanish Medical Interpreter, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics

Joseph Lear—Pastor, Resurrection Church

Marius Ibuye Balola—Board Member, Congolese Health Partnership

Discussant: Rima Afifi—Professor, College of Public Health

Moderator: Valerie Garr—Diversity Coordinator, College of Nursing

Organized by Sokhieng Au, interim director of the Global Health Studies program, with consultation from the College of Nursing, College of Public Health, Carver College of Medicine, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences.

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