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    Plan a Better Future: Health Equity Considerations During COVID-19

    The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inequality and health disparities that exist for seniors, people of color, and other vulnerable populations, and Richmond is no exception. This webinar led by experts from VCU and VCU Health will share effective public policy practices that arise from an equity lens and actions our nonprofit community can take during this crisis to support better outcomes for our most at-risk neighbors.

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    Steven H. Woolf, M.D., M.P.H, is Director Emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health. He holds the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Distinguished Chair in Population Health and Health Equity. Dr. Woolf has edited three books and published more than 200 articles in a career that has focused on raising public awareness about the social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health and produce inequities. He works to address these issues through outreach to policymakers and the public, including testimony before Congress, consulting, media outreach, and speaking engagements.

    Dr. Woolf received his M.D. in 1984 from Emory University and underwent residency training in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Woolf is also a clinical epidemiologist and underwent training in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.P.H. in 1987. He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health. He began his career as a health services researcher, with a focus on evidence-based guidelines. He served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2001.

    Marcie S. Wright, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor and Director of Research Support Services for the Center on Health Disparities. Dr. Wright earned a bachelors degree in genetics (University of Georgia), a masters degree in public health (University of South Carolina), and a doctorate in health promotion, education and behavior (University of South Carolina).

    As a community engaged health disparities researcher, Dr. Wright specializes in coalition building and capacity building for research through Community-Based Participatory Research CBPR) approaches. She has contributed to peer-reviewed journals articles, written abstracts, and garnered funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and nonfederal entities in the areas of CBPR, health disparities and maternal and child health. Her specific research interest includes examining the relationships between specific cultural and environmental influences and health behaviors/outcomes among African Americans.

    Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Ph.D., is Director of The VCU Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute and assistant professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Douglas-Glenn’s teaching, research, and practice focus on leadership, public policy and the intersection of racial and ethnicity and gender.

    Prior to joining VCU, Douglas-Glenn served as a research and evaluation associate at the National Science Foundation. She was also an adjunct professor at George Mason University in the Department of Public and International Affairs. Douglas-Glenn earned her Doctor of Philosophy in public administration and public affairs with a concentration in races and social policy from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. She has a Master of Social Work from Radford University and received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Bachelor of Science in sociology from Virginia Tech.

    Douglas-Glenn is active in the community and in professional organizations. She is an elected member of American Council on Education’s Virginia Network executive board and serves as the institutional representative for the Women’s Network at VCU. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Health Brigade (formerly the Fan Free Clinic). Douglas-Glenn has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors at VCU, including the President’s Outstanding Achievement Award, the Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, and induction into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.

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