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Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists to host public forum on racism as a public crisis

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- As part of the “Connecting the Dots between Race and Health,” a project of Ideastream Public Media funded by the Dr. Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, the Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists (GCLEABJ) is hosting a town hall-style forum to bring awareness to the recent resolutions by the city of Cleveland as well as Cuyahoga County declaring racism as a public health crisis.

The free and open-to-the-public event will be held at the East Cleveland Public Library on Sat, April 30, 2022 from 10:30 a.m to noonLight refreshments will be served.

“The Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists thought this was a very important topic for us to address as we are always concerned about the health of our community, especially during a pandemic that is disproportionately impacting African Americans,” said Kevin "Chill" Heard, president of Greater Cleveland Association of Black Journalists.


Yvonka Hall, executive director of the Black Health Coalition, along with GCLEABJ members Rhonda Crowder and Stephanie Phelps will moderate the discussion between a panel consisting of an elected official, hospital administrator, healthcare provider, community advocates and patient. Cleveland Ward 7 Councilwoman Stephanie Howse, Tiffany Short, who is the director of Culture and Organizational Effectiveness at MetroHealth, Jasmin Long, chief executive officer, Birthing Beautiful Communities, SeMia Bray of Black Environmental Leaders, Dr. James Brown, and Vicki Dansby, a cancer survivor, are among the confirmed panelists.


“We must be innovative and find solutions to the current drivers of disparities,” said Hall. “We cannot talk about racism as a public health crisis and do nothing to address the inequalities in education, employment, housing and health. Changing our outcomes starts with accountability and action.” and, the most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog in Ohio and in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2022 06:03


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