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Beyond Engagement: Community-Led Initiatives toward Equitable Health

Community-led initiatives address needs that public health and health care systems have failed to adequately provide to historically and systematically excluded communities. This webinar will spur a robust dialogue about how community members can leverage existing assets to address pertinent issues, what funders should know about community-led initiatives, and strategies for building effective partnerships that tangibly advance equity in public health. Speakers will also discuss the newly released report, “A Blueprint for Promoting Equitable Health and Health Care through Community-Led Initiatives.”



  • Heber Brown III, Executive Director, Black Church Food Security Network
  • Kristen Brown, Senior Research Associate, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Erin Miles Cloud, Senior Attorney, Civil Rights Corps
  • Kari Thatcher, Member and Co-Chair, Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative; Board Chair, The Partnership Project, Inc.
  • Maria Thomas, Beyond Do No Harm Fellow, Interrupting Criminalization
  • Christina Yongue, Member and Project Manager, Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative; AP Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Kimá Joy Taylor, Nonresident Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute (moderator)


Unequal Treatment at 20: Accelerating Progress toward Health Care Equity

How do we accelerate progress and catalyze health equity solutions?

This event series features conversations with leading scholars and social changemakers that identify where barriers to equity remain and how we can collectively advance and catalyze new solutions and accelerate progress toward health care equity. Racial and ethnic disparities in health care access, quality, and outcomes persist in the United States, some 20 years after the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, which outlined steps to advance equity. In a series of virtual dialogues with the authors of papers that explore promising areas of progress and that promote accountability for action, the Urban Institute will explore next-generation health equity strategies that states and the federal government can harness in partnership with the communities they serve.


Support for this series is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, The California Endowment, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Nonresident Fellow