Takeaways from Marquette University's Fractured Health and Equity Series

Last week, Marquette University hosted their latest installment of their Fractured Health and Equity series, Health Disparities Among African-American and Low Income Children. There were over 300 pre-registered attendees, that listened to the expertise of a decorate panel across multiple sectors.

Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones and Dr. Abiola Keller, two assistant professors from Marquette University’s College of Nursing; Bridget Clementi, VP of Community Health at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools; and Dr. Earnestine Willis, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Vice-Chair for Diversity of Inclusion Department of Pediatrics spoke on the issues of Health Disparities amongst an under-served demographic of young people in Milwaukee from their respected occupations. The open dialogue was moderated by Vivian King, VP of Community Relations for Aurora Health Care.

Milwaukee Succeeds had the opportunity to participate as a community partner, which included a resource table at the event! One of our AmeriCorps VISTAs and SEL Coordinator, Dominique Portis had some great insight on the event and takeaways. He wrote "I believe the first step to healthy engagements are being present and approachable; and I think we were able to do that. Finding and taking advantage of opportunities to express how invested we are as an organization in the issues that harm the Milwaukee Community. It’s one thing to function and do this work from our comfy offices; but these engagements are rewarding, presenting yourself to the folks you serve, ultimate accountability."

This insight is helpful to understand the work we do with collective impact. Learn more about the work we do within Social and Emotional Learning on our Goal 4 page.

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