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Citywide Forum on Health Disparities and Education

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The initial meeting of the Advisory Group got off to a great start with a citywide Forum on Health Disparities and Education, Coming together for Students Wellness and Achievement Exit Disclaimer. The forum drew more than 400 attendees, who heard from experts about the latest research on the impact of health disparities on student achievement. The presenters included Mirtha Beadle Exit Disclaimer, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Dr. Gail Christopher, Vice President of Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Dr. Charles Basch Exit Disclaimer, Richard March Hoe Professor of Health Education at Columbia University Teachers College; Terry Mazany Exit Disclaimer, Interim CEO, Chicago Public Schools; and Dr. Bechara Choucair Exit Disclaimer, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health.

The forum set the tone for the Action Learning Collaborative Advisory Group meeting, since it made clear the three essential points: health disparities and achievement disparities are inextricably linked; historic and present day racism and discrimination have a measurable detrimental effect on the health of communities of color and, therefore, in the school achievement of their children and; effective partnerships and coordinated efforts among schools, private sector, health departments, government agencies are the only response to the two-pronged crisis of health and achievement in particular among minority children.

For more information about the forum, including all the power point and a video of all presentations, visit: Forum on Health Disparities and Education Exit Disclaimer, Coming together for Students Wellness and Achievement.

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