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Posted on: June 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Bloomfield to Hold Second Community Conversation on Race Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00pm via Zoom


BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Michael Venezia will be hosting the second, in a series of community conversations on race on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00pm on Zoom.

This second community conversation will focus on public health and healthcare disparities in communities of color and social determinants of health. Councilwoman Jenny Mundell will moderate the webinar and special guest speaker Michellene Davis,Esq., EVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health, will join the discussion for a presentation.

“Our first community conversation on race went extremely well and proved to be a great way to listen and learn about issues affecting our residents of color. These conversations give us invaluable community input to consider as we continue in our efforts to ensure that everyone in our community is being served,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “We are fortunate to have such a terrific guest speaker in Michellene Davis who was named as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Minority Leaders in Healthcare in the entire nation."

Please click the link below to join the webinar:, Password: 148885

Or join by telephone:

1-301-715-8592, Webinar ID: 825 3630 2214, Password: 148885         

“Over the past few weeks, Bloomfield has come together for a vigil, peaceful protests, a community conversation on race and policing in Bloomfield, and a chalk the street project,” said Councilwoman Jenny Mundell. “However, no conversation about race in our communities is complete without also looking at systemic inequities in healthcare. This issue has been made even more clear in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as we’ve watched this virus disproportionately affect communities of color. The Mayor and the entire Town Council recognize the need for our community to learn more about the systems in place that impact our views of race and lead to racial inequities, as well as the need to work together to ensure a more just and equal society.”

More information about Michellene Davis can be found here. Residents can also read some of her recent work on race and healthcare here.

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