Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Julie Morita will lead a panel discussion on how exposure to violence can affect public health at a North Park University forum on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The timely discussion will take place amidst a growing national health crisis marked by opioid addiction, obesity, and gun violence.
“Our goal is to expand our view of public health,” said North Park Health Sciences Professor Keith Boyd. “More and more, we’re recognizing that whether or not you have been exposed to violence, have a stable home life, have access to public transportation—these social determinates affect health outcomes,” in some cases more than whether one eats a balanced diet or is properly vaccinated, Boyd said.
The panel will include social workers and activists at the forefront of urban issues, including: Angela Sedeno, Ph.D., of the Kedzie Center, a mental health services provider; Amy Carlozo, chaplain, and Kate Lawler, director, Violence Prevention Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital; and DeShaun “Trig” Adams and DeAndre McCottry of True Star, a nonprofit that gives at-risk youths hands-on experience working for media companies.
The panel will discuss how adverse childhood experiences affect lifelong health and how innovative efforts to protect and heal at-risk populations can improve overall health.
In her keynote address, Dr. Morita will discuss how the economically and socially disadvantaged face unique health challenges, such as shortened life expectancy. She will also discuss Healthy Chicago 2.0, a citywide plan that addresses these social determinants of health.
The event is part of North Park University’s Catalyst 606__ program, which incorporates Chicago into the classroom and encourages students to engage in the community.
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