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Health Equity Issues and Solutions for Small College Towns

August 5, 2020 | 4pm

Featured Speaker:

Michael D. Williams

Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Integration, Associate Professor of Surgery, UVA Health System and Medical School

In collaboration with our long-time community partners, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, Tom Tom hosted a series of virtual conversations for a weekly exploration into the numerous inequities revealed by Covid-19. Each week, we challenged one another to attempt to answer the critical questions: how did we get here, and where do we go from here?

During the fourth conversation of this series, Michael D. Williams, discussed how the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 has exposed major cracks within our nation’s healthcare system. Communities of color are disproportionately ravaged by the novel virus. For Charlottesville, the inequity is only exacerbated by a long history of mistrust and injustice by the research hospital towards African Americans. For the Hospitals, they must weigh the costs of serving their hometown community versus an overwhelming student community to establish a means to disperse finite resources among a seemingly infinite number of patients.

At home, how can the UVa Health System ease that tension and rebuild trust?

How can university hospitals raise enough funds to stay open if university students don’t return? What does that mean for the local community?

Watch the conversation below:


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