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Health Disparities: Asking the Right Questions to Spark System Change in a COVID-19 World

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Professionals in the Aging Network, human services and the research industry will better understand their role in community public health when they learn how the Detroit research study, “Dying Before Their Time,” is triggering systemic change, especially in a COVID-19 world. Ronald S. Taylor, President and CEO of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, will join Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr., of the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine to share key findings of research gathered over 20 years. What began as a search to uncover the reasons for premature deaths among people of color is now a catalyst to engage community-wide efforts to reduce health disparities and to address the socioeconomic determinants of health as well.

This webinar includes complimentary ASWB CE credits.



As President & CEO of Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA), Ronald Taylor leads an agency of 150 staff members with an operating budget of $73 million. DAAA annually serves more than 90,000 seniors, caregivers and adults with disabilities, including the largest minority population of older adults in the state. Taylor has local, state and national experience in social services, governmental, nonprofit and faith-based sectors and has built key coalitions, partnerships and community networks vital to keeping adults safe and independent in their homes and communities when possible. 

Herbert Smitherman, Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, is president and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike that operates three health centers in Detroit. Working under the name Health Centers Detroit Medical Group, it provides care in medically underserved areas. Smitherman has been a member of the Wayne State University faculty for more than three decades and currently serves as a Vice Dean at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.


Participants in this webinar will:

•   Learn how asking one question—“Why?”—can help to address health disparities in communities of all sizes;

•   Learn how to use powerful data to operationalize programs and services within your organization to address community need with the right metrics; and

•   Learn how to use data to advocate for policy formation at the local, state and federal levels.