Greensboro AHEC Conference Focuses on Social Determinants of Health: Transportation, Food, Housing, and Toxic Stress
GREENSBORO — Greensboro AHEC partnered with numerous local organizations to host more than 200 healthcare professionals and human service providers from across North Carolina at the “Focusing on Social Determinants of Health: Transportation, Food, Housing, and Toxic Stress” conference on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Presenters and participants from nonprofit organizations, hospitals, behavioral health agencies, public health departments, emergency medical services, schools, and grassroots organizations in urban and rural communities identified strategies to address social determinants of health. Dynamic keynote presentations by Michelle Gethers-Clark, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Greensboro, and Aswita Tan-McGrory, deputy director of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, provided an imperative call to action. An engaging performance and debriefing from Theater Delta, a theater group for social change, provided a glimpse of the impact and interconnectedness of social determinants of health. Interactive breakout sessions from community leaders focused on six key areas of social determinants of health: transportation, food, housing, toxic stress, racism, and the wealth divide.
Representatives from several community agencies were also available throughout the day to provide resources. Planning for this program involved intentional collaboration between multi-disciplines within Greensboro AHEC including Continuing Professional Development, Practice Support, and Technology Services. The program was also a collaborative effort between Greensboro AHEC, Cone Health Healthy Communities, Cone Health Foundation, Cone Health Office of Inclusion and Health Equity, United Way of Greater Greensboro, Guilford County Health Department, and the Greensboro Housing Coalition.