B.PHL Innovation Fest Panel Discusses Achieving Health Equity
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Williams-Page Moderates B.PHL Innovation Fest Panel 
How Social Determinants Impact Health & Achieving Health Equity

September 19, 2022

Headshot photo of PCOM faculty member Barbara Williams-Page, DO“How can we elevate the conversation around social determinants of health?,” asked Barbara Williams-Page, DO, associate professor, Family Medicine, medical director at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Cambria Division Healthcare Center at the B.PHL Innovation Fest.

Dr. Williams-Page moderated a panel discussion with other health professionals titled, “Treating the Whole Person: How Social Determinants Impact Health & Achieving Health Equity.” The session was coordinated by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as part of the B.PHL Innovation Fest, an annual, multi-day event with people and organizations doing innovative work around the city.

Joining Dr. Williams-Page on the panel was Gladys Antelo-Allen, LPN, senior program manager, Field Building & Resources, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers; Frank Franklin, PhD, JD, MPH, deputy health commissioner for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Sophia Ononye-Onyia, PhD, MPH, MBA, NACD.DC, founder and CEO of the Sophia Consulting Firm; and Seun O. Ross, PhD, executive director of health equity at Independence Blue Cross.

The speakers discussed a range of topics under the umbrella of health equity, including the need for providers to interact and engage with the communities they serve to better understand and treat their patients. At PCOM, the Lancaster Division of the PCOM Healthcare Centers recently hosted a Community Day to offer health screenings, backpack giveaways, food demos, free haircuts, and free food, among other things, to build relationships in the community and convey the need for continued contact with the people living in the surrounding neighborhood. The PCOM Healthcare Centers will host a similar event at the Cambria Division on October 20.

The panel concluded with a Q&A portion with both panelists and attendees interested in expanding the health equity conversation in the city and beyond. PCOM has and continues to be actively involved through city-wide, private/public partnership programs like Accelerate Health Equity, an initiative to produce tangible improvement in health inequities, and ultimately achieve measurable, positive changes in health outcomes in Philadelphia.

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