MLK banquet to draw attention to public health

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Health care injustice to be topic of Jan. 16 event in Daytona

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

“Injustice Redefined: The Health of the Beloved Community’’ is the 2016 theme of one of the area’s main Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events. And speaking on the subject will be one of the country’s leading public health experts.

160107_dt_front01Dr. Adewale Troutman is an accomplished leader in public health who has dedicated over 40 years to improving health and health equity. He will be the keynote speaker at the MLK Scholarship Banquet, which will take place on Jan. 16 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort (North Tower), 100 N. Atlantic Ave. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m.

He is the associate dean for Health Equity and Community Engagement at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. He has been at the university in Tampa since 2010.

Major policies, initiatives
Troutman is the past president of the American Public Health Association, which has more than 25,000 members. He also was featured in the nationally televised PBS series, “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?”

Troutman formerly was the director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, where he instituted policies and initiatives as a model for community health.

He also introduced practical measures to encourage healthy lifestyles, including passing one of the strongest anti-smoking ordinances in the country and establishing the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement to encourage residents to become more active; established the Center for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the department and initiated a partnership with the University of Louisville to research and identify the needs of the underserved in Louisville, Ky.

“Dr. Troutman is an awesome advocate whose experience is a valuable tool for our community,” said the Rev. John T. Long III, president of MLK Celebration for Florida, Inc. “While we continue to pursue social, civil, and economic equality, health care inequality is an area of injustice that has been overlooked. This weekend’s events will celebrate the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while encouraging action to complete the work that still remains.”

Awards, breakfast, march
The banquet will include an awards ceremony, where eight local students will receive scholarships. An award will be presented in memory of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The committee also has scheduled a breakfast and march on Jan. 18, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.

The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at Allen Chapel A.ME. Church, 580 George Engram Blvd. Daytona Beach.

The MLK Commemorative March will follow the breakfast. Community members are invited to take part in the 9 a.m. march that will start and end at Allen Chapel.

For banquet ticket information, call 386-295-1947 or send an email to maria.long09@gmail.com.

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