Social Justice Issues in Our Community

Community Health
Session 3

Social Justice Issues in Our Community

Federal Hall 122

Four local experts present on social justice issues that affect the health of our community:

Dr. Shikha Bhattacharyya has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Studies from Baylor University in TX and is a doctoral student at ISU. She has worked as a Pharmacist for over 6 years and done significant research on sustainable health care. She will be discussing current health challenges faced by our country and how to approach health by means of preventive measures to achieve sustainable health. These approaches will be especially useful for socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Dr. Jen Latimer is an Associate Professor of Geography and Geology at ISU, has researched concentrations of heavy metals in Wabash Valley fishing lakes is concerned about the effect of toxic concentrations on area residents who are fishing in city lakes for subsistence.

Libby Ray holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kentucky and works for Chances and Services for Youth (CASY). She is the Vigo County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coordinator and facilitates the Vigo TPC Coalition. She will address the disparate impact of tobacco use on specific populations, including minorities, women, the economically disadvantaged, and individuals with diagnosed mental illnesses.

Mary Beth Seaward is the President of the Board of the Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County and will speak about the mission and work of this group.