A health summit this weekend will gather health workers, students and the community to tackle a persistent and potentially deadly problem—unequal access to health care.
The Latino Health Promotion Summit Saturday is geared toward seeking answers, says summit founder Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, a professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the college’s associate dean for outreach and multicultural affairs.
The summit, which is free and open to the public, will center on the theme of health inequality — the documented differences in health care access and health outcomes among people from different ethnic, racial and socioeconomic groups.
Lopez says she hopes that bringing doctors, students and the rest of the community together to discuss health inequality will lead to possible solutions.
“Each group has a piece of the answer,” Lopez says. “And hopefully from that interaction, we’ll have new ideas and new possibilities that will emerge.”
The summit will also include presentations on the Affordable Care Act, the implementation of which may change how—and how many—people have access to health care.
“It [the Affordable Care Act] will increase access,” Lopez says, but “it’s not clear how this will manifest in general, it’s not clear how it will manifest in particular in our community, and so we need to ask questions, and we need to be informed.”
The third annual Latino Health Promotion Summit will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kiewit Auditorium at the UA Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. Registration is required.
The College of Medicine offers more details and a full list of scheduled speakers here.