(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA)—Delaware County Community College continues its popular Dialogues for Diversity series of free, virtual, community-centered discussions with, “Health Equity: Past, Present and Future.” This second dialogue of 2021 will feature Vanessa Briggs, president & chief executive officer of the Brandywine Health Foundation, which serves children, teens and families in the Coatesville Area School District; Joanne Craig, chief impact officer at The Foundation for Delaware County, the county’s largest community foundation; and Dr. Judith Wolf, MD, senior consultant at Moderna, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The event is from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 29. To register, visit dccc.edu/dialogue. The Dialogues for Diversity series is sponsored by the Village of Four Seasons and Visual Sound.
Led by Delaware County Community College President L. Joy Gates Black, Ed.D., and moderated by Simuelle Myers, the College’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, this health equity dialogue will focus on U.S. healthcare and how inequities can affect health and wellness. The panel of local medical and public health experts will explore historical inequalities that have been present in the healthcare system, as well as discuss new concerns that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists also will discuss what can be done to promote equitable change and will share helpful community resources.
The Dialogues for Diversity discussion series is hosted by the College’s Center for Equity & Social Justice, which was created to encourage courageous, respectful, community conversations about the sensitive, often controversial issues of racism and social injustice. The Center is under the purview of the College’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Previous dialogues have addressed topics such as policing in our communities which featured conversations with local police officers and community leaders; “Discussing Race in Our Communities,” with New York Times-bestselling author Austin Channing Brown; “A Year of Social Reckoning: What Comes Next?,” with guest David W. Brown, assistant professor of instruction and diversity advisor to the Office of the Dean for the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University; and “Building Bridges Through Bipartisanship,” with David Baime, senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis for the American Association of Community Colleges, the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dialogues for Diversity events are held as virtual webinars.