In observation of National Health Center Week, the Equitas Health Institute is proud to present Healthcare at the Intersections: Dismantling Racial, Economic, and LGBTQ+ Health Disparities. This virtual education series will take place from August 11-14, 2020. The event is hosted as a collaboration between the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and the Equitas Health Institute.


Social Work and Counseling credits are only available with paid registration.

Schedule and Registration

Closing the Gap on Racism & Health Disparities
Renee Mahaffey Harris | August 11, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
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Homelessness and Health Disparities
Joseph Kiesler | August 11, 3:00 – 4:00 PM 
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Cancer Disparities in the LGBTQ+ Community
Julia Applegate | August 12, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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Trauma-Informed Care
Maria Espinola | August 13, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
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PrEP Access and Utilization in At-Risk Populations
Alex Shanks and Jas Bradley | August 14, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
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All of these sessions are $10 each for Social Work and Counseling CEs
All sessions are free if CEs are not desired.

This inaugural symposium will focus on increasing skills and capacity for health and social service providers to meet the needs of medically underserved communities. Medically underserved communities have faced poor health outcomes for decades and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 has brought those disparities into greater focus. The event features talks by regionally known health disparities experts; a panel discussion featuring a conversation with patients who experience racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and transphobia; and a presentation focused on racial and ethnic inequity in healthcare by the President and CEO of The Health Gap, a Cincinnati based non-profit with a mission to eliminate health inequity.


Renee Mahaffey Harris is a committed advocate for the underserved and marginalized populations in Greater Cincinnati and the region. She started her journey in eliminating health disparities with the Health Gap in 2008 and is now the President and Chief Executive Officer. Harris leads The Health Gap in its mission to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities through advocacy, education, and community outreach. During her tenure at The Health Gap, Harris has co-led the creation of the Food Desert Task Force, jointly implemented the City of Cincinnati Health In All Policy, and launched several groundbreaking community-based health initiatives including the Black Women’s Health Movement.

Before joining The Health Gap, Harris held executive leadership roles in the private sector including her tenures as Vice President of Community Development with PNC Bank and Director of the Greater Cincinnati Local Initiative Support Corporation. In the public sector, Harris worked in leadership roles with former Ohio Secretary of State Sherrod Brown and former Congressman Charles Luken.


Joseph Kiesler, MD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Maria Espinola, PsyD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Julia Applegate, MA, MPH
Equitas Health Institute

Alex Shanks, BA and Jas Bradley, MBBS
 Equitas Health Department of HIV Prevention