Akron mayor appoints first health equity ambassador

Akron Health Equity Ambassador Tamiyka Rose 

AKRON, Ohio - Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has appointed Tamiyka Rose to serve as the city's first Health Equity Ambassador.

The new position will advise the mayor and his staff on policy initiatives and lead the city's efforts to decrease racial and ethnic disparities, specifically premature birth and infant mortality rates.

"We cannot and will not accept health disparities in our community," Horrigan said in a news release. "Every Akron resident deserves an equal chance at a long, healthy, and successful life - and nothing is more important that ensuring that our children are provided with every opportunity to thrive, regardless of race, economic status, or zip code. Tamiyka's significant experience and insight will be invaluable in helping us tackle these issues as a community."

Rose, the former vice president of government relations for the MetroHealth System, will work with the assistant to the mayor for education, health, and families, Terry Albanese. Together, they will collaborate with community partners and public health organizations to create policy initiatives that aim to reduce community health disparities.

The need for a position to coordinate ongoing efforts to reduce racial disparities in premature birth and infant mortality arose from the city's Inaugural Health Equity Summit held last fall. Akron Children's Hospital, Summa Health and Cleveland Clinic Akron General together will pay about $30,000 of the $45,000 salary for two years, said city spokeswoman Ellen Lander.

"I am honored that Mayor Horrigan and the hospital systems chose me to lead the efforts in this very important initiative," Rose said in a news release. "I spent the first 365 days of my life on Montgomery Street in Akron. I believe that every child should have the same opportunities that I had, and that starts by making it to day 366 and beyond. In Akron, we will not allow a person's race or zip code to determine their life expectancy." 

A Macedonia resident, Rose holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in political science from the Ohio State University.

Source : http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2017/04/akron_mayor_appoints_first_hea.html

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