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GlaxoSmithKline advances multi-city discussion focused on improving the health of US communities
Date:12/12/2012

alth. The group will also share examples of approaches across the city that are effectively overcoming systemic barriers to better outcomes.

A town hall meeting immediately following the working summit will feature a keynote interview with Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic legend and East St. Louis native addressing the work her foundation is doing to improve the health in the community.  A panel discussion will include prominent speakers, such as Robert Fruend, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, St. Louis Regional Health Commission; Melba Moore, MS, CPHA, Commissioner of Health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health; Dr. Jason Purnell, Assistant Professor at the Brown School of Social Work and Institute for Public Health at Washington University; and Joy Krieger, Executive Director, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter.

"St. Louis is committed to being a healthy community for all ages," said Pamela Rice Walker, MPA, CPHA, St. Louis City Health Director. "We have seen substantial reductions in lead poisoning, infant mortality, and asthma hospitalizations among our children over the past 10 years. However, we need to remain vigilant and creative in our approaches to reducing obesity and diabetes among our youth."

The United States spends more per capita on health care than any other nation, but there are large disparities in health outcomes in relation to race, community of residence, and individual and community socioeconomic factors.1

St. Louis, where GSK has manufacturing operations, is a natural choice for the second stop in this multi-city program aimed at understanding community health challenges. Despite overall improvement in health status throughout the St. Louis region over the past 10 years, race- and gender-based disparities persist. Three-fold differences or greater are observed between African-Americans and Caucasians in diabetes and AIDS mortality, low birth weight, and emergency room
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