A Season of Thanksgiving

Darlene Hightower, vice president, community health equity, announces a new web series focused on leaders in the community

By Darlene Hightower, vice president, community health equity Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement News November 15, 2021

Last week, I had the honor of talking about our health equity work with the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, who visited Rush University Medical Center to talk about health equity with Rush and other government and community leaders. As I shared Rush’s story, I was surrounded by incredible partners that have stood with us before and during the pandemic. To move the needle on health outcomes in communities of color on the West Side, we need everyone at the table, including government, institutions, community leaders and residents. Progress is made when we walk hand in hand with others.

In the last 18 months, Rush has made progress to address disparities in COVID outcomes and health overall. But none of this would be possible without our deep, meaningful and respectful collaborations with others. I can think of no better time to offer a word of thanks than during this holiday season when we gather with family and friends to reflect and celebrate. Thank you especially to our community partners who are true super heroes.

To highlight their incredible work, not just during the pandemic, but overall, I have launched a new web series called A Seat at the Table. Our first profile is of Richard Townsell, Executive Director for the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation.

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