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Health System Town Hall: The Impact of Violence on Diverse Communities

March 22, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are conditions in the environment where people are born, live, learn, work, play, and worship that affect a wide range of health and quality of life outcomes. SDOH are often categorized within several domains: economic stability, access to quality education, access to quality healthcare, neighborhood and build environments, and social/community context. However, while there are many SDOH, bias, violence, and the concern regarding public safety – within our schools, our homes, our communities, and our workplaces – dominates the news and our collective consciousness. As a healthcare organization, Penn State Health has a vital and necessary role in reducing the health disparities associated with exposure to bias and violence including, but not limited to, an increased risk of mental health disorders, substance use, and chronic disease such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and premature mortality.

Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion invites Penn State Health’s internal community to this conversation to hear perspectives from subject matter experts on violence in diverse communities and its affects on health. Speakers will discuss the impact violence has on diverse communities and action steps to contribute to planting the seeds of change in these communities.

Register here with your Penn State Health email

This session will be recorded, and participation constitutes consent to be recorded.

If you have any questions or require accommodation for a disability to participate, please email


March 22
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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