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Local Conversations Health Equity series kicks off Monday night at SHS Commons

‘From Input to Action’ is theme of series

STEUBENVILLE — The Neighborhood Development Center of Urban Mission Ministries will be presenting the kickoff conversation of the series “Local Conversations 2022 Health Equity: From Input to Action.”

The kickoff conversation will be held Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Steubenville High School in the Commons, located at 420 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

It will feature guest facilitator Nurse Practitioner Carletta Platt-Williams, Care Excellence owner and primary care provider.

“The event will highlight a summary of the 2011 Local Conversations Community Report and engage participants in interactive surveys and breakout sessions,” explained Cynthia Lytle, director of strategic partnerships and community engagement

“Local Conversations is a health initiative launched in 2008 by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The Local Conversations initiative was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office on Minority Health,” she noted.

This “merger” gave way to the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. “The NPA’s strategy was to mobilize and connect individuals, organizations, agencies and churches from across the state and country in hopes of creating a plan that would result in a nation free of health disparities with quality health outcomes for all people,” Lytle continued.

In 2011, the Neighborhood Community Development Center of the Urban Mission, with the NCDC under the direction of Sharon Kirtdoll at that time, was included in the first group of agencies to host Local Conversations events.

NCDC was the first to hold Local Conversations for Steubenville/Jefferson County.

“From this came an extensive community report that addressed the health disparities of the black population in Steubenville. It also introduced a plan of action, rallying the community together on how to move forward with the findings of the report,” Lytle added.

“Now, with support and funding from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and the Ohio Department of Health, NCDC has an opportunity to ‘continue the conversation’ in Steubenville with the 2022 Local Conversations Health Equity Series, themed “From Input to Action.”

The series will feature a total of four conversations to take place between September and December. Each conversation will highlight and address a different health disparity identified in the 2011 report, as well as COVID-19.

“NCDC is grateful for local support through the Jefferson County General Health District and our county Health Commissioner Andrew Henry, who has played in instrumental role in helping us prepare for this health equity series,” Lytle pointed out.

“While the focus of this health equity series is about improving health equity and equality for the black community, this isn’t an exclusive event,” Lytle emphasized.

“This is a conversation for our community as a whole. If a portion of our community is not healthy, then the community as a whole cannot truly be healthy,” Lytle said, referring to the words of Angela C. Dawson, director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, who said, “It is imperative that we continue to value the input of our communities and ensure opportunities to voice their concerns and identify strategic priorities regarding health disparities and equity efforts where they love, work and play.”

For information, contact Lytle at (740) 282-8010.

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