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Wayne State President and Mayor Duggan to hold summit on health equity in Detroit

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By AJ Williams (Michigan Chronicle)

Wayne State University, in partnership with the City of Detroit, will host the inaugural Mayor’s Summit on Health Equity, May 2-3 at Wayne State’s campus. Led by Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, health disparity researchers will gather with officials from Detroit’s department of public health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and key community organizations to address the city’s health disparities. Wayne State has made a substantial investment in creating a healthier Detroit, dedicating more than $200 million to health disparities alone. “Wayne State has made it part of its mission to positively impact local communities,” commented Wilson. “We are uniquely positioned to do just that by improving the health of Detroiters and, ultimately, achieving health equity.” Detroit has the highest asthma rate in young children among America’s 18 largest cities. Many other diseases and conditions — including pre-term birth, heart disease, diabetes and HIV — also affect Detroiters at disproportionately higher rates than the rest of the United States. “The reverberations from health disparities are felt in Detroit’s educational system and economy. If we are to realize a true revitalization of Detroit, we need healthy students in the classroom and productive workers on the job,” said Wilson. The goals of the summit are to examine the interrelated systems contributing to the substantial health disparities in Detroit and develop a roadmap to achieving health equity in the city.