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Make Our Voices Heard "Our Fight For Healthcare"

  • CIC Cambridge, Havana, 5th floor 1 Broadway Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

This event is open to all. This event is designed to discuss solutions to the disparities that Black Women, the Elderly, and other underserved demographics in America face during their experiences with the American healthcare system.

Unfortunately, in the United States, Black women experience significant issues with healthcare. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related deaths than any other race. An American Cancer Society study showed the rate that black American women are dying from cervical cancer is comparable to that of women in many poor developing nations.

Dr. Sanithia L. Williams stated in the New York Times, “Actual institutional and structural racism has a big bearing on our patients’ lives, and it’s our responsibility to talk about that more than just saying that it’s a problem,”.

The baby boomers are entering old age, resulting in the biggest elderly population in United States history. Researchers have concluded that ageism directly affects the longevity of older adults. In a study published by the American Psychological Association, concluded that old people with positive perceptions of aging lived an average of 7.5 years longer than those with negative images of growing older.

Immigrants are facing extreme threats due to current political administration policies, therefore affecting their access to healthcare.

Therefore, how can these demographics protect themselves? How can they make their voices heard? How can we change this narrative? What technology or policies could assist? Join us for a group discussion and educational health presentations!

This event is hosted by The Mary J. Harris Foundation, Inc a 501c(3) non-profit in partnership with the Cambridge Innovation Center

Sponsored by Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPN-ULEM)