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Health & Racial Equity in Grand Rapids: Social Determinants of Health Data for Action

November 16 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm EST

Health & Racial Equity in Grand Rapids: Social Determinants of Health Data for Action // Virtual Lunch & Learn // Wednesday, November 16, Noon–1 p.m.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are environmental, economic, and social factors that influence our health but are beyond our personal control. These factors make up the world we live in and impact individuals and communities differently and often uniquely, shaping health experiences and the opportunity to achieve and maintain good health. Looking at SDOH data at the community level can help us understand local conditions and keep health and racial equity at the forefront.

This free lunch & learn presentation will draw upon findings from the 2022 report, Health Equity in Grand Rapids’ “Neighborhoods of Focus”, by the Johnson Center’s Community Data and Research Lab and Just Solutions, produced with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Researcher Melyssa Tsai O’Brien will explore SDOH data in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as a case study to understand approaches to strategies that promote action aimed at equitable opportunity and health.

Join us to learn about:

  • Contextualizing social determinants of health within health and racial equity efforts
  • Understanding a baseline for social determinants of health data in Grand Rapids
  • Shared resources for social determinants of health projects
  • Community experiences and examples of using the data

Price: Free
Format: Virtual

Questions about this event or about your registration?
Call 616-331-7585 or email jcp@gvsu.edu.

Photo: Melyssa Tsai O'Brien
Melyssa Tsai O’Brien, M.P.H., is a research manager for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community and Data Research Lab. Since 2014, she has managed community-based research and evaluation projects, specifically through project planning, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Learn more about Melyssa.


November 16
12:00 pm–1:00 pm EST
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