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Two members of the HU faculty will take part in an AARP Pennsylvania and Drexel University virtual press briefing to introduce a new health disparities report that highlights inequities in rural and low resourced areas of the state, and underrepresented populations (particularly Black/African American and Latino), who lack access to health care, experience digital divide, and face persistent local healthcare workforce shortages.

A new report Disrupting Disparities in Pennsylvania: Retooling for Geographic, Racial and Ethnic Growth by AARP Pennsylvania and Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions highlights how geographic, racial/ethnic, and economic factors are combining to restrict access to healthcare services for many Pennsylvanians, creating disparities that have become more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nancy Mimm, DNP, Assistant Professor of Population Health Nursing, and Geoffrey Roche, Executive Director of Strategic Healthcare Initiatives, will join with representatives from organizations concerned about health disparities in Pennsylvania. 

The event will feature representatives from organizations concerned about health disparities in Pennsylvania, including:

  • Laura Gitlin, PHD, FGSA, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished University Professor, Drexel University
  • Jean Accius, PhD, Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, AARP
  • Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, Professor of Nursing, Associate Dean of Interprofessional Research and Development, Drexel University
  • Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager of State Operations and Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania
  • David Saunders, Director, Office of Health Equity, Pennsylvania Department of Health

The press briefing takes place Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11 a.m.

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