Health equity was a challenge before coronavirus

Health and wealth equity didn’t exist in the U.S. before COVID-19, and the pandemic only exacerbated racial, ethnic, gender and geographic disparities. To address these issues and provide a platform for collaborative work toward solutions, NCRC members and partners in North Carolina held a 3-day special online event Oct. 13-15, 2020: Invest in Health and Wealth: Stabilizing Underserved Communities While Fighting a Pandemic.

The event brought together community leaders, financial institutions, health care leaders, advocacy groups and public officials to discuss ways to invest in health, wealth and housing in underserved communities across North Carolina.

We are no longer able to pretend that inequality is about how much stuff you have. In America, it’s about life and death. We don’t need to get back to normal after coronavirus. We need to leap forward to something much better,” Jesse Van Tol, CEO of NCRC, said at the event.

The program, which included a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions and small breakout discussions among participants,  featured keynote addresses from Dr. John Lumpkin, President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation; Bill Bynum, CEO of Hope; and Pamela Wideman, Director of Charlotte’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department.

Here are some highlights from the event: 

Alyssa Wiltse is NCRC’s media manager. 

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