EVMS will host a virtual community forum to discuss health disparities on Thursday, January 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Invited panelists include Richard V. Homan, MD, President and Provost of EVMS and Dean of the School of Medicine; Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President of Norfolk State University; Mr. John Broderick, President of Old Dominion University; Mr. Howard Kern, CEO of Sentara Healthcare; and Dr. Natasha Dwamena, District Director of the Virginia Department of Health Hampton Health District.
Each institution will be allotted five minutes at the start of the meeting to quickly highlight the educational and/or clinical service, relevant research, and community service it provides to ensure that all forum participants are familiar with their organization’s regional scope. The bulk of the community forum will be allocated to listening to and responding to our community participants. The moderator will be asking the audience to share their most pressing health needs and concerns.
While EVMS — and other experts within the organization — have an academic understanding of the research and the reported health disparities for our region, community members can share keen insight on the profound impact of these disparities on themselves, their friends, their family, their neighbors and their coworkers. Community members also can help us prioritize the order for tackling these disparities and identify the kinds of information and support they need most to become healthier. The purpose of this forum is not to discuss organizational changes or the proposed public health school. Rather, it is to establish a baseline; to determine a common understanding of our community’s health needs.
Please join EVMS for the virtual community forum via BlueJeans or the EVMS Facebook page. We can learn much from the community's input that will help inform any of our future individual efforts and collaborations to improve the health of Hampton Roads.