Returning for its second year, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights’ (MDCR) annual Civil Rights Summit will take a sharp focus this year on the impact of discrimination on health. The summit takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Suburban Collection Showplace on June 27. The sessions will look at the connection between civil rights and health inequities in a variety of areas including education, environmental justice, the LGBTQ community, disabilities, COVID-19 racial disparities, and housing discrimination. 

The event boasts a host of featured speakers including the Honorable Thomas Stallworth III of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office, Title V Maternal Child Health Block Grant Program Director of Maternal & Infant Health Dawn Shanafelt, Michigan Public Health Institute CEO Renee Canady, and University of Michigan Director of Housing Solutions for Health Equity Roshanak Mehdipanah.  

Ahead of the 2023 Summit, “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson talks with MDCR Executive Director John E. Johnson, Jr. about the summit and the topics that will be discussed. The summit will also offer best practices and strategies on how to help remedy the issues that are currently playing out in the health industry. 

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