In August 2010 the Illinois State Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights held a Health Disparities fact finding meeting at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The meeting provided researchers, policy makers, and community activists from across the state with a venue for sharing their perspectives on the root causes of health disparities and civil rights strategies for promoting health equity. The ILAACP’s executive director, Malik Nevels, testified about the disparate impact of “food deserts” on health outcomes of African Americans. Mr. Nevels was recently appointed to the Illinois State Advisory Committee of the USCCR where he serves as the Chair of the Healthcare Disparities Sub-committee.
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