New Britain, Conn. (PRWEB) May 26, 2010 — Health Justice CT, an initiative designed to use social media channels as the foundation for creating a movement of Connecticut residents on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities, today announced the formation of the Health Justice CT Advisory Board. The board members will lead the charge to increase online awareness on the need for health equality.
The Health Justice CT Advisory Board includes 11 influential community leaders who represent a wide range of fields including: public policy, online citizen journalism, human services and health care. The board membership also represents a broad range of cultures, communities, ages and ethnicities.
The board includes:
- Ellen Andrews, Executive Director, Connecticut Health Project Policy
- Andre Blackman, National Blogger, “Pulse + Signal”
- Michael Curtain, Senior Provider Network Manager, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
- Sarah Diamond, Associate Research Scientist, CHIP Research Center, The University of Connecticut, Storrs
- Angie Funaiole, Communications Specialist, Health Equity Index Initiative with the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health
- Christi Moutinho Holmes, Director of Educational Outreach & Grant Coordinator, Connecticut State Medical Society
- Steven King, President/District Director of the Organization of New England Chapters of Alpha (Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.) – ONECA
- Anitha J. Patel, M.D., Ophthalmologist/Surgeon
- Liz Scherer, National Blogger, Educator and Women’s Health Advocate, “Flashfree”
- Hilary Waldman, Director of Community Relations and Outreach, The Hispanic Health Council
- Teresa Younger, Executive Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women
In addition, Health Justice CT today launched its online presence on Facebook and Twitter. The program’s Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/healthjusticeCT and Twitter account is @healthjusticeCT.
“We’re committed to supporting this unique program based on initial research conducted by our partnering agency, the Society for New Communications Research, which suggests there is currently very little online discussion about racial and ethnic health disparities,” commented Patricia Baker, president & CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health). “We are gratified to have thought leaders within the Connecticut community to help us harness the power of social media and ignite a passion for health justice.”