Storytelling and Humor to Raise Awareness about Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

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Health Justice CT to Host a Public Conversation on Health Disparities in New Haven, CT.

Health Justice CT ( -- an innovative movement designed to use social media as the foundation for raising awareness on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities in Connecticut – will host a community forum, “Health Disparities, No Laughing Matter” today, Monday, May 21, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT at The Grove (, located on 71 Orange Street in New Haven, CT.

Health disparities is a serious subject with real life implications. This forum is intended to use storytelling and humor to raise awareness and connect people with different perspectives on policies.

"It has been well documented that racial and ethnic minorities still lag behind in many health outcome measures. They are less likely to get the preventive care, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease, and when they do get sick, are less likely to have access to quality health care. Social factors, when combined with racial and ethnic minority status, can further compound these disparities in health outcomes," states Heang Tan, Health Justice CT project manager. "In a time when the politics of the day seems more polarized than ever, humor can be used to connect people with different points of views.”

The discussion will feature health and policy experts: Dr. Jenny Carrillo, Dr. Ashley Fox, Dr. Brandon Ogbunu and Mr. Zachary Janowski. Each person will bring a different perspective on current policies on women’s health, the affordable care act, and economic inequities that impact the effort to end health disparities.

Mr. Frank Harris who is a featured columnist for the Hartford Courant and journalism professor at Southern Connecticut State University will moderate the event.

“Frank writes about world events, politics, race, religion, and law enforcement with a wit and witticism that engages readers. It is a similar kind of engagement we hope to achieve at this discussion,” continues Tan.

This is an opportunity for the public to learn more about racial and ethnic health disparities and to have an open dialogue on developing solutions that would eliminate these issues in Connecticut.

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About Health Justice CT
Health Justice CT is an initiative designed to use social media channels as the foundation for creating a movement of Connecticut residents dedicated to working together to raise awareness about the issue of racial and ethnic disparities, find innovative solutions, and ultimately achieve health justice for everyone in Connecticut. The project is funded by the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) and is being managed by the foundation’s grantee, the Society for New Communications Research. To join the conversation, find us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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