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Economic Equity Town Hall set for Feb. 28

Swope Health is proud to announce the first in its series of 2024 Town Halls on the social drivers of healthcare: An evening in conversation with Ebony Reed, journalist and author of Fifteen Cents on the Dollar, How Americans Made the Black-White Wealth Gap, a new book on the history of economic inequity.

Jeron Ravin, JD, President and CEO of Swope Health, will guide the discussion, which will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Plaza Branch of Kansas City Public Library, in the Truman Forum Auditorium, 4801 Main St., Kansas City. The event, which is free and open to all, begins with a reception at 5 p.m. at the library.

The Town Hall series is sponsored by the REACH Healthcare Foundation, dedicated to improving health coverage and access to quality, affordable health care for uninsured and medically underserved people in the greater Kansas City metropolitan region.

Ebony received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The University of Missouri-Columbia. She has extensive experience in local, regional, and national journalism and business operations.  She led the metro desk at The Detroit News during the 2008 housing crisis. Her journalism work and business development projects have been featured and part of key strategies at global news outlets, including the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.

Ebony has also taught at universities and colleges across the United States including Yale’s School of Management, Wayne State University in Detroit, Arizona State University, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Emerson College in Boston and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she taught online for a decade before joining in a faculty role in 2017.

Fifteen Cents on the Dollar, which is scheduled for publication in June by Harper-Collins, is co-authored by Louise Story.

The publisher describes the book as “A sweeping, deeply researched narrative history of Black wealth and the economic discrimination embedded in America’s financial system through public and private actions that created today’s Black-white wealth gap.”

Please plan on joining us:
5 p.m. reception,
with the conversation beginning at 6 p.m.
Wednesday Feb. 28
at the Kansas City Public Library – Plaza.





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