MCHD Health Equity team attends event at USA

October 20, 2021

MCHD Health Equity team attends event at USA

MOBILE, Alabama — Earlier this year, the Mobile County Health Department established a leadership-level health equity office to address health disparities in Mobile County. Funding came from the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities.

The new MCHD office will be responsible for evaluating internal and external programs and policies, identifying weaknesses, and laying a foundation for serving vulnerable communities through a health equity lens.

Melissa McKnight has been hired as the Senior Program Administrator. She announced MCHD attended the Coastal Conversations “Health Disparities: Closing the Gap” event Tuesday night at the University of South Alabama’s MacQueen Alumni Center.

“This event featured several local experts involved with the healthcare system and solutions,” Ms. McKnight said. “They defined health disparities, discussed why they exist, and proposed ways that we can address the problems and find solutions.”

Joining Ms. McKnight from MCHD were Sequayah Chaney, Outreach Educator; Sherita Anderson, Program Administrative Support Specialist; and Skandan Ananthasekar, Outreach Educator.

Among those on the event’s panel were Quin Hillyer, Senior Commentary, Writer and Editor with the Washington Examiner, Contributing Editor with National Review Online; Dr. Errol Crook, Abraham M. Mitchell Professor and Chair with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama, Director at the Center for Healthy Communities; Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Journalist-in-Residence at the University of South Alabama; and Anthony Daniels, Alabama House of Representatives (District 53) and Minority Leader.