Internationally Noted Expert to Discuss Health Systems and Health Equity
Sep 10, 2018 Share

(ST. JOSEPH, MI) – Professionals in medicine, allied health fields, and social work, as well as government leaders and community members are invited to attend this event, which is part of a three-year speaker series titled Community Grand Rounds: Healing the Trauma of Racism. David Ansell, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago will discuss Rush’s strategy to be a catalyst for community health and economic vitality on Chicago’s west side and how that strategy may inform our work in southwest Michigan.

The free program, “How Inequality Kills — Health Systems and Health Equity” will take place on Thursday, September 27 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hanson Theatre at Lake Michigan College, located at 1100 Yore Ave. in Benton Harbor, MI.

Over the past decade, Dr. Ansell, author of “The Death Gap,” has been involved in health equity work, bringing attention to higher rates of breast cancer mortality for African-American women in Chicago. In 2007 he co-founded the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Taskforce, a not-for-profit that focuses on eliminating the racial disparities in breast cancer mortality.

Dr. Ansell earned a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in 1974 and, in 1978, his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. In 1991, he received a master of public health degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

Community Grand Rounds is a collaborative effort between Lakeland Health and The Todman Family Foundation. Preregistration for this event is required by visiting

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