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Date:12/2/2008

essing social conditions that lead to poor health. The "Place Matters" teams represent 22 counties and two cities (in more than 12 states and the District of Columbia) working in partnership with HPI. The "Place Matters" Initiative has identified challenges to health that have roots in structural, institutional and interpersonal racism. Dr. Brian D. Smedley, Vice President and Director of the Joint Center Health Policy Institute, stated, "This meeting represents the ongoing commitment of 'Place Matters' teams to tackle critical issues, such as structural racism that is an underlying cause of health inequality. The 'Place Matters' Initiative's interdisciplinary teams are continuing to bring new insight to this silent crisis."

County Executive Robert A. Ficano brought greetings on behalf of Wayne County. Ms.Edith Killins, Director of Health and Human Services and leader of the Detroit/Wayne County "Place Matters" team, underlined the importance of this meeting: "By addressing upstream factors that lead to poor health outcomes, 'Place Matters' leverages an approach that differs from the usual disease reaction model. Wayne County is pleased to partner in this initiative that provides a critical learning opportunity for participating jurisdictions and for the nation, as teams of dedicated participants develop, test and share new strategies to address social determinants of health."

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses exclusively on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. For more information, go to http://www.jointcenter.org.

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