Brian Smedley, PhD, Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic StudiesOn June 6, 2013, The Colorado Trust hosted a Learning Lunch featuring Brian Smedley, PhD, MA, a leading national expert on health equity, to share information about how states can address health equity through the Affordable Care Act, as well as other ways through which states and local communities can advance health equity. Dr. Smedley is Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC. The Institute explores disparities in health and develops policy recommendations to advance health equity.

Full video and podcast recordings of the event are available below and download the slides here. You can also download the video here. (Downloading may take several minutes due to the size of the file.)

In order to keep the health equity discussion going, here is an article from the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Place Matters: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All, which provides information about the range of social, economic and environmental conditions that impact our health. Please read and share with others. Here are some discussion questions to use to engage others in a discussion around health equity.

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