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Health Equity Forum set for Thursday

Health Equity Forum set for Thursday

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A forum focusing on racial and ethnic inequity in health will take place Thursday in Kenosha.

The Health Equity Forum will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave.

Registration is required by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Lola Awoyinka, epidemiologist and coordinator of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Minority Health Program, will speak prior to the panel discussion.

The forum is part of the Kenosha Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families activities related to Minority Mental Health Month which continues through July.

“The KLIHF Healthy Equity Forum holds great importance to the community,” said Josie Garwood, a project assistant intern working on the project.

“It starts conversations and encourages collaboration between community members and the health care field in order to advance all local individuals toward fair and just opportunities to be as healthy as possible.”

Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/KLIHFforum.

The Kenosha Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative is working to reduce the disparities and to educate and engage the community in efforts to improve birth outcomes.

KLIHF is a collaborative of more than 20 agencies in the community that has been meeting since 2010 to increase awareness, improve birth outcomes and help families have healthy babies. Infant mortality occurs among African-American families in Kenosha nearly three times the rate of white families.

The leading causes of infant mortality is pre-term birth and low birth weight. Many other contributing factors of IM include medical, health or social economic reasons, like diet and nutrition, poor neonatal care, tobacco use, stress, poverty and/or unsafe sleep conditions.

More information about KLIHF is available on its newly revamped website, at http://bit.ly/KLIHF. KLIHF is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and will soon debut a regular podcast at http://klihf.podbean.com.

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