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Mayor Horrigan To Host 6th Annual Health Equity Summit On September 28 At John S. Knight Center

Akron, Ohio, September 6, 2022 — Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan will host his 6th Annual Health Equity Summit at the John S. Knight Center, on September 28 from 8:30am-4:30pm. This year’s Summit will discuss issues such as mental health, infant and maternal health, youth opportunity, and more. Additionally, there will be updates on Full Term First Birthday’s (FTFB) Strategic Plan to reduce infant mortality in Akron.

Each year, the Health Equity Summit brings together healthcare leaders and workers, employers, social service agencies, grass roots groups, and citizen advocates to discuss tackling racial disparities in healthcare and finding equitable solutions to help those who have been historically disenfranchised.

“Since taking office, tackling racial disparities in healthcare has been a major focus of my administration,” Mayor Horrigan said. “Working hand in hand with the community’s key healthcare stakeholders we’ve made significant progress creating a safer, healthier Akron for all. However, there is still more we can collectively do. This year’s Summit will focus on systemic racism’s effects on mental health, FTFB’s next strategic plan, and continuing collaboration to enhance healthcare for our underserved communities.”

The featured keynote speaker is Kemp Boyd, a coach, pastor, and Executive Director of Love Akron. Kemp Boyd is a community leader who has forged relationships throughout Akron, connecting various faith, civic, and non-profit organizations to create meaningful change in our community.

A full schedule of speakers and discussions will be released in the coming weeks.

Registration for the Health Equity Summit is free and available at This year’s Summit will take place at the John S. Knight Center, and will be the first in-person Summit since 2019. Attendees will be served complimentary breakfast and lunch. There are a limited number of seats available.

This year’s Health Equity Summit is generously supported by Summit County, Summit ADM Board, and Summit County Public Health.


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