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"Let's Talk Health" Thursday morning

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is teaming up with a local community organization to try and create healthier communities.

Health care and access to it, is something most of us consider an absolute necessity. Unfortunately too many in the African American community simply don't have it. That not only affects their health, but quality of life.

Thursday morning, BCBS of Michigan is teaming up with Seeds of Promise and holding a type of mini-summit called "Let's Talk Health" at the Salvation Army Kroc Center on South Division from 8:00am until 11:30am.

The community conversation includes panel and focus group discussions where faith based leaders, residents and community leaders will explore ways to reduce health care disparities. That includes looking at ways to partner with organizations, support free clinics, and educate the public on how to become more literate in health information as well as teach people how to take better care of themselves.

"A big directive of BCBS Michigan is really is enhancing the community and creating healthier communities, said Cle Jackson, the Sr. Community Liason for BCBS Michigan. "So we need to get that feedback from those folks who are out there every day dealing with the issue of disparities."

Now even though the discussion centers around health issues in the African-American community, they say this is something that affects everyone, especially from a cost perspective, because whenever one group goes without proper health care, it drives up bad debt for hospitals as well as insurance premiums.

For more information on how to attend, call BCBS at 616-389-2574.