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Maryland’s 15th Annual Health Equity Conference

December 6th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

The 15th Annual Maryland Health Equity Conference, hosted today in Baltimore by the Maryland Department of Health Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD), addressed prevention and cost saving strategies to reduce health disparities and improve health equity in Maryland. This year’s theme was “Achieving Health Equity and Disparity Reduction: Prevention and Cost Savings Initiatives.” Attendees participated in discussions that focused on initiatives to address disparities and improve health outcomes in minority communities, resulting in reduced health costs and preventable hospital utilization.

 

“Health care cost reduction is incredibly important, in large part because minority populations have the greatest difficulties accessing health services,” said Dr. Noel Brathwaite, director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. “Today’s conference brings together interested parties in order to work collaboratively to address these unique needs and improve health outcomes in minority communities."

 

Every year, the statewide conference brings together county health departments; state and local government; state-funded organizations such as the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance grantees; elected officials; health service and clinical providers; local coalitions; faith- and community-based organizations and partners; academicians; and students to collaborate on ways to advance health equity for all Marylanders.

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