Press Release: “What the Health?” How COVID Exposed Inequities in U.S. Healthcare: What Can We Do About It?

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CONTACT: Carolyn Bird Salazar, Chair,
Kane County Democratic Women “Women & Power Speakers Series” Hosts A Panel Discussion Entitled “What the Health?” How COVID Exposed Inequities in U.S. Healthcare: What Can We Do About It?

ST. CHARLES, Sept 19, 2023 – The Kane County Democratic Women (KCDW) will host a forum entitled “What the Health?” on Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL. The purpose of the forum is to bring the community together to engage with professionals in the healthcare field to learn about inequities in healthcare and steps the public can take to identify issues and bring about change. Our forum speakers include doctors, a social worker, community advocates, and public policy managers who are committed to justice and equitable healthcare for everyone. Following the presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. The moderator and panelists include: 

  • Moderator: Dr. Monica Maalouf, M.D., Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine; Assistant Professor, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
  • Kate McCormack, LCSW, Program Manager of Children’s Mental Health Initiatives, and Project Director, Kane County System of Care, Kane County Health Dept.
  • Dr. Neil Bradford Perlman, M.D., Internal Medicine, Researcher, Medical Director, and Co-Founder of the CCARE Lynch Syndrome Organization, which conducts research on colon and uterine cancer caused by this genetic disorder
  • Carrie Jackson, MA, Public health professional, Community Organizer, and Advocate for Equity. Recent experience: working with a health department during Covid to provide health services to the most vulnerable patients and collaborating with agencies and community-based organizations to address inequities
  • Edith Avila Olea, MPP, Policy Manager for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). Works as an advocate for her clients at the state level and provides education and outreach for healthcare and social services.

The forum is free and open to the public. Questions regarding the Women & Power Speaker Series or the Kane County Democratic Women can be sent to KCDW Chair, Carolyn Bird Salazar at

ABOUT THE KANE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: The mission of the KCDW is to harness the political power of Democratic women to create positive social change through engagement, education, and empowerment. Meetings are open to the public and held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. They alternate between Oak Street Restaurant in North Aurora and Carmina’s Mexican Restaurant in Elgin.