Symposium to focus on housing, health equity

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 05:02 PM

Building stronger communities through affordable housing and equal access to health care will be the focus of a Thursday symposium in Durham.

It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center at 301 W. Morgan St.

The gathering will include representatives from the Durham Human Relations Division, the Durham Urban Innovation Center, City of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Talks will focus on healthy communities, health disparities and solutions for Durham and the region.

The lectures feature two panels and an afternoon workshop highlighting the best ways to create diverse, healthy, connected and well-informed communities, and to provide ways to achieve equitable housing and reduce health disparities.

The morning panel will focus on issues related to health disparities and how low-income communities and communities of color are more likely to be affected due to poor housing conditions and other social problems.

The afternoon panel will offer ways to deal with the issues.

Panelists include Durham City Councilman Don Moffitt, Tim Tramble of Burten Bell Carr Development Inc., David Wright of Rid All Green Partnership, Neasha Graves of the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility at UNC Chapel Hill, Ben Struck of Financial Tailor, and others.

In addition to the panel discussion, a luncheon will feature keynote speaker Brian D. Smedley, vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to those who have pre-registered. To register by Tuesday, visit

For information, contact Delilah Donaldson, manager of the city’s Human Relations Division with the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department at 919-560-4107, ext. 34277 or by email at