Morehouse School of Medicine and City of East Point to Hold Second Annual East Point Health Equity Summit
Free community event will feature health screenings, workshops, information, resources,
and community conversations related to health equity.
ATLANTA – August 14, 2023 – The National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the City of East Point, Georgia, will hold the second annual East Point Health Equity Summit on Saturday, August 19. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arts Xchange located at 2148 Newnan St., East Point, GA 30344.
“Morehouse School of Medicine’s collaboration with the City of East Point has been a shining example of how community partners and local government can work together to improve social conditions and achieve health equity for its residents,” said Megan Douglas, Associate Professor and Director of Research and Policy at the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine. “We are looking forward to another successful event and invite the East Point community to take advantage of this free opportunity to learn about health equity and how it is being promoted in their city.”
The summit is sponsored by MSM and the City of East Point in collaboration with the American Heart Association and hosted by Hight Health. A healthy lunch catered by a local vendor will be provided to those who pre-register for the event, sponsored by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia and Wholesome Wave Georgia. Several local community organizations including Market 166, Georgia Watch, the Health Law Partnership, Costnip, and Fulton County will also be present to provide free resources and health information to attendees. The MSM H.E.A.L. Clinic and Southside Medical Center’s mobile clinic will be on site to conduct health screenings. The event will also include a series of workshops, presentations, children’s activities, and community conversations related to health equity. Dr. Angelica Geter, Chief Strategy Officer at the Black Women’s Health Imperative will provide the closing keynote address.
“I am excited about the upcoming Health Equity Summit through our partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine,” said East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham. “This event is an invaluable opportunity for our residents to access free health screenings, attend workshops, and engage in community conversations about health. By providing information and resources to promote health equity, we are working to ensure that every resident in our community has the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling life. I encourage all of our residents to attend this summit and take advantage of the available resources. Together, we can and will build a healthier and more equitable community.”
MSM and the City of East Point launched a health equity partnership in 2021 after the NCPC was chosen by US Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health to
participate in the Framework to Address Health Disparities Through Collaborative Policy Efforts program. The initiative is designed to help identify and address policies that may create or perpetuate health disparities and contribute to structural racism. Since then, MSM and the city have collaborated on a number of projects and programs to benefit the health and wellbeing of East Point residents.
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About Morehouse School of Medicine
Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission — the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited
by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit MSM.edu or call 404-752-1500.
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