Thursday, October 22: Health Equity in the Changing American Suburbs

Thursday, October 22, Health Equity in the Changing American Suburbs, 246 East Library Wing, Axinn Library, South Campus 

The suburbs typically evoke images of safe, healthy spaces to live, work and play, and for many residents these images are a reality. But for many others, this vision is increasingly, and dangerously, elusive. Hidden within many affluent suburban settings are segregated pockets of poverty that are under-resourced and often unacknowledged. Add to this the rapidly changing demographics of suburban communities, and the need for attention and intervention on health disparities is clear. This symposium focuses on emerging suburban health equity issues and the particular effect the suburbs have on health and well-being.

Panel I  –  Hot Topics in Suburban Health Roundtable 9:30-11 a.m.  Experts in suburban health will discuss several current issues such as gun control, Medicaid redesign and immigration, and highlight their relevance to suburban populations.

Panel II  –  The Challenges of Aging in Place in the Suburbs 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Panel III  –  Lunch and Digital Storytelling 12:45-2 p.m.*

Panel IV  –  Suburban Substance Abuse: Problems and Promise 2:20-3:45 p.m.

Panel V  –  Stress, Stigma and Mental Health Services 4-5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks 5:30 p.m.

*Advance registration is required for Panel III, Lunch and Digital Storytelling.   For more information and to register, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit If you’d like to bring your class or need students to sign in, please contact Johanna Farrell at extension 3-8809.

Presented by Hofstra Cultural Center, Hofstra University Master of Public Health Program, and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.


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