Straight Talk from the League of Women Voters: How is Vermont Responding to the Challenges of Racism and Health?

Date(s) - February 9, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Fee: Free
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The League of Women Voters of Vermont in collaboration with Kellogg-Hubbard Library presents the third in its 2021-22 Lecture Series on Racism and Public Health, conversations that examine the role racism plays in American public health.

On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 7-8:30 p.m., a panel of experts will discuss How is Vermont Responding to the Challenges of Racism and Health?  

Led by moderator Tom McKone, the virtual discussion will focus on what Vermont institutions are doing to identify and eradicate racism. Panelists include Anna T. Noonan, President and CEO, Central Vermont Medical Center, Monika Ganguly-Kiefner, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Equity Specialist, VT Department of Health, and Kheya Ganguly, Director of Trauma Prevention and Resiliency Development, VT Department of Mental Health. 

In May 2021, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and efforts to achieve social justice, the Vermont Legislature pronounced racism a public health emergency, an important first step in wiping out systemic inequities. Other professional societies and community groups followed suit. Panelists will share insights on whether this declaration has driven changes to policies, laws, and resource allocation in the goal to eliminate race-based health disparities and advance racial equity. 

Attendance is free, but guests need to register at Questions must be submitted prior to the event to [email protected].

The League of Women Voters of Vermont Lecture Series, in its sixth year, is designed to bring outstanding speakers to discuss contemporary issues related to democracy and social justice.  The League’s Racism and Public Health series offers a survey of the issues, role of environmental health policy, and information about efforts to eradicate the impact of racism on public health in Vermont. For questions about the event, please contact [email protected].  

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. With more than 100 years of experience and 800 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America’s most trusted grassroots organizations.