Pima County's Health Department is hosting an event to address issues, such as developing healthy lifestyles and access to health care.

A Community Conversation on Health Equity will focus in bringing Pima County residents together to learn about ways to have a healthier life, how to get care, as well as look into health education and equity, said Stephanie Parker, the co-chair of the Health Equity Action Group, which is hosting the event.

"What we are hoping is having people come and learn about these things and then get involved," said Montserrat Caballero with the Pima County Health Department. "Learn about health equity...learn about what you can do in regards to making sure people have equal access...change those disparities here in Pima County."

Caballero said Pima has high rates of poverty, which influence poor access to health care, and there is a big issue in ensuring all people, regardless of socioeconomic forces, receive the quality care they need.

"We want to equal the playing field," she added.

The event will revolve around a panel composed of local voices, such as Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, Parker said.

"We will be engaging a lively conversation," she said. "We have a number of questions that we will post to our panelists, such as 'What does it mean to be healthy in Pima County?' What are the barriers to being healthy?' "What is health equity?'"

A Community Conversation on Health Equity is taking place April 10 at the YWCA of Tucson, which co-sponsored the event, from 10 a.m. to noon. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

The event is held as part of national Public Health Week, which takes place from April 7 to April 13.