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Health Equity in St. Louis: What About Our Children?
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST

Event Description
You won’t want to miss this presentation if you want to know about health equity and why it matters for the St. Louis region and our nation. This conversation will have a special emphasis on our youngest community members - Our Children. You will learn about the importance of social determinants of health and how the St. Louis region is moving forward toward more equitable healthcare for all.

Rev. Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW (she/her) is a health and racial justice advocate dedicated to the advancement of child well-being in St. Louis. She is President & CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a board member of Missouri Foundation for Health, a Commissioner, St. Louis Regional Health Commission, former chair of the board of Alive and Well Communities, LLC and former CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN).

Born and raised in University City, she returns to Deaconess Foundation as President & CEO after having formerly served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Devoted to the Deaconess mission and guided by faith, Bethany leads the Foundation in its continued pursuit of the improved health of the Metropolitan St. Louis and Southern Illinois communities and its people through philanthropy, advocacy, and organizing for racial equity and policy change.

She possesses over 15 years of experience rolling-up-her-sleeves working and volunteering in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors focused on equalizing the quality of life for under-resourced, yet vibrant people. Her expertise lies in creating systems change infrastructure and developing tactical strategies that increase responsiveness and equity for the people for whom our public systems are accountable to serve.