April is National Minority Health Month. The month is recognized as an opportunity to increase discussion and take action to address the health disparities and inequities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. Everyone in America should live in circumstances that allow them to live a healthy life, regardless of who they are, where they are from, or where they live. In honor of Minority Health Month, the NACDD Health Equity Council will host a webinar, ‘Moving Upstream – What Does that Mean?’ at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. The webinar will feature Dr. Ren√©e Branch Canady, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Michigan Public Health Institute, a nationally engaged Michigan-based, nonprofit, public health institute dedicated to advancing population health through public health innovation and collaboration.
Moving Upstream is a focus on improving the fundamental social, structural, and economic structures in order to decrease barriers and improve supports that allow people to achieve their full health potential. Many often have asked, “How can public health play a role in addressing upstream factors?” Dr. Canady has been recognized as a national thought leader in the areas of health inequities and disparities, cultural competence, and social justice. She has published and presented broadly on these topics, and her passion for this work is evident in her personal, academic, and professional life. Dr. Canady has been highly influential in broadening the discussion of health equity, health inequities, and social justice while serving on numerous national boards, review panels, and advisory groups. Dr. Canady has led numerous workshops and discussions about what it means to Move Upstream.