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Sixth Annual “Let’s Talk Health Week” Highlights Health Disparities and Prevention

For the sixth consecutive year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is addressing health disparities in Grand Rapids through community-based activities and conversations as part of its annual Let’s Talk Health Week. This year, the event programming runs June 12 – 18.

Combined, Latinos and African Americans make up 33 percent of the Grand Rapids population. Often, these minority groups face health disparities, such as heart disease and diabetes, at a disproportionately higher rate than other communities.  Let’s Talk Health Week brings local leaders, advocates, agencies and members of faith-based organizations together to discuss these disparities, and empower individuals to take control of their health through lifestyle changes and preventive care.

“To better address health disparities in these communities, it’s important to engage, listen and understand the perspectives of those affected,” said Cle J. Jackson, senior community liaison for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “Let’s Talk Health Week allows us to better connect with Grand Rapids’ diverse population and encourage healthy lifestyle changes that result in happier lives. Together, with the NAACP Branch of Greater Grand Rapids and many other local, dedicated organizations, we’re working towards a shared vision of community health.”

All Let’s Talk Health Week events are open to the public.

For a complete list of Let’s Talk Health Week events, see below:

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