Health Funders Peer Network

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 9:30am - 11:00am CST

Health Disparities in BIPOC Communities: Covid-19 at the Intersections of Race, Social Determinants and Toxic Stress.

The pandemic has disproportionately impacted BIPOC communities, with Black, Hispanic and American Indian people testing positive, becoming infected, and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than white Americans. This interactive conversation will explore how structural racism and social determinants of health influence these outcomes and what roles funders can play in mitigating health inequity. 

Hennepin Healthcare Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine Dr. Arti Prasad will lead us through the data and context of the chronic disease load and other factors, and a small group of medical students will offer their perspective on raising awareness and shifting public policies through medical education. 

The second portion of the event brings together a diverse funder panel to discuss investment opportunities and challenges to address COVID-19 relief froma structural racism and social determinants of health orientation. 

Featured presenters:

  • Reme Abulu, Public Health Advocacy Fellow, University of Minnesota
  • Bilal Alkatout, Senior Program Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation 
  • Kyle Erickson, Program Officer, Blandin Foundation 
  • Suzanne Koepplinger, Director of the Catalyst Initiative, Minneapolis Foundation
  • Dr. Arti Prasad, Chief of Internal Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
  • Kriti Prasad, Public Health Advocacy Fellow, University of Minnesota 
  • Kou Thao, Director of the Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health 
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