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Healthy Lives – Healthy Communities Conference

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Conference Objectives:

  1. Assess current efforts that address health disparities in Missouri and develop strategies to meet specific population needs.
  2. Identify strategies to build inclusive communities, schools and health care systems.
  3. Connect people and solutions to explore health equity strategies and successful models for addressing social determinants of health.

Morning Keynote Speaker:


Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW

Chief Executive Officer, St. Louis Integrated Health Network

Formerly the Managing Director for the Ferguson Commission

As CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN), Ms. Johnson-Javois leads a $1.5 million non-profit that serves the region’s safety net health care providers and the local community to promote the mission of providing quality, affordable, accessible care to all with an emphasis on serving the underserved.

She possesses over 15 years of experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector for organizations that positively impact the quality of life for disadvantaged populations.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Deaconess Foundation, Board Member for the Missouri Foundation for Health and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for Missouri State University College of Business.  As a licensed Evangelist Missionary in the Church of God in Christ, she is a noted motivational speaker, trainer, and facilitator around spiritual development, leadership, and youth capacity building.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:

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Anita Woodley

Title: Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: Using Powerful Ethnodrama Theatre Arts to Explore Health Disparities & Equity in Culturally Relevant Ways

ANITA WOODLEY is an Emmy® award winner, and recipient of numerous awards for her creative health education work as a speaker, storyteller, producer, actress, poet, mixed-media folk artist, and playwright.

In 2017, Anita was named both Arts & Culture Woman of the Year by Spectacular Magazine, and the Health Equity Impact Community Member of the Year by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities for her numerous culturally appropriate presentations and performances.

Anita Woodley creates new works that are thrillingly entertaining, adaptable and transformational: a non-traditional
theatrical practice of “Ethnodramas” that educate, promote good – and prevent harmful – practices to one’s overall health.

Conference Topics:

  • Partnerships with Missouri communities to address poverty and economic inequalities
  • Addressing housing discrimination and segregation in our communities
  • Women’s Health and Health Equity
  • LGBTQ Health and Wellness Disparities
  • Oral Health Disparities
  • Rural Health Inequalities

Conference fee: $50

Students can attend at no cost. Scholarships available by contacting the Center for Health Policy at (573) 882-1491.


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