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Wednesday, April 7 • 9:30am - 10:00am
Stage: Incubating Social Innovation to Advance Health Equity at Sibley Memorial Hospital

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Experts define health equity as the notion that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.  This requires replacing obstacles that prevent health and wellness with solutions that increase access to nutritious food, good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, convenient transportation, safe environments, and patient-centered healthcare.  With so many opportunities, where should we begin?  This intimate conversation between an award winning poet and storyteller, a food justice pioneer and entrepreneur, and health systems innovation leader will shed light on five critical components that any solution must integrate to advance health equity. Speaking about their own experiences, they will talk about their involvement in a unique social innovation program, Ward Infinity, with goals to advance health equity in Washington, D.C.’s most underinvested communities using human-centered design.

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John Johnson

Founder, Verbal Gymnastics Theater Company
John Johnson is a native Washingtonian and is the founder of Verbal Gymnastics Theater Company. He uses an innovative approach to storytelling that gives voice to community through Playback Theatre. Mr. Johnson is a director, actor, public radio contributor, arts educator, and father... Read More →
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Mary Blackford

Founder, Market 7
Mary Blackford is the Founder of Market 7, a community marketplace that features  Black-owned food and lifestyle businesses for the purpose of alleviating food and retail deserts in Washington, DC.Mary graduated from Babson College with a BS in Business Management. As a student she... Read More →
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Veronica X. Vela, DrPH, MEng

Director of Community Health Design + Innovation, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Veronica X. Vela, DrPH, MEng, is a design and innovation leader focused on improving the health and well-being of communities.  She serves as the Director of Community Health Design + Innovation at Sibley Memorial Hospital, where she leads Sibley’s social innovation program and... Read More →

Wednesday April 7, 2021 9:30am - 10:00am EDT
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