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Series on Black Women’s Health Continues

April 15 discussion at Penn State Greater Allegheny will examine political influences

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
April 09, 2021
Posted in: Announcements

Panelists will discuss “Political Influences on Black Women’s Health” at 3 p.m. April 15 during Penn State Greater Allegheny’s final Crossing Bridges Summit for the 2020-21 academic year.

The event is free and open to the public, and may be viewed at

The Crossing Bridges Summit began in 2017 and has become a signature program at the McKeesport’s Penn State campus. Its purpose is to bring students, faculty, staff and community members together and to bridge racial divides in the Mon Valley.

This year’s summit considered issues raised in the 2019 report, “Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race.”

“We intentionally ended with a panel focused on policy,” said Jacqueline Edmondson, Penn State Greater Allegheny chancellor and chief academic officer.

“Effective policy is informed by the needs of those it is intended to assist,” she said. “This has been year of listening—listening to the stories of women and their experiences in the communities we serve. We believe by engaging with the women, and partnering with them, we have the potential to bring about meaningful change.”

Panelists for next week’s event include State Rep. Morgan Cephas of Philadelphia; Rikell S. Ford, licensed social worker and peer coach specialist with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services; Rochelle L. Jackson, director and founder, Black Women's Policy Agenda; and Dr. Stella Onuoha-Obilor, vice president for clinical quality at Highmark Health.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Allegheny Health Network serve as the platinum sponsors for the event.

Dr. Johnathan White, assistant teaching professor of history at Penn State Greater Allegheny, will serve as the moderator.

Immediately following the April 15 panel, Greater Allegheny will host a “virtual summit talk” and engage participants in a policy-writing workshop. There is no cost to attend the summit talk, but registration is required at

Throughout this year’s series of events, panelists have considered medical, socioeconomic, environmental and psychological perspectives on Black women’s health.

“Our events this year have reached a wide, national audience,” Edmondson said. “People continue to watch the archive recordings, demonstrating a desire to learn about the serious inequities faced by Black women. We are humbled to play a small role in bringing attention to this critical topic.”

Originally published April 09, 2021.

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