Exploring the Relationship Between Health Inequities and Social Inequality in America



12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

ANA-Illinois is proud to present this webinar – Exploring the Relationship Between Health Inequities and Social Inequality in America

Speakers: Venoncia Bate-Ambrus & Reem Azhari, PhD, RN


  • Define health inequities and social inequality in vulnerable populations and minorities
  • Understand the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on widening social, health, and economic disparities
  • Identify strategies to assist in closing the healthcare disparity gap


No pre-work by the audience is necessary


Definitions for Session:

  • Healthcare Inequities-differences in health status or in the distribution of health resources between different population groups arriving from social conditions given at birth, work or as we age
  • Inequity/Inequality- These terms are used interchangeable and refer to unfair and avoidable differences arising from poor governance, corruption or cultural exclusion
  • Social determinants of health- The economic and social conditions that influence individual  and group differences  in health status



Venoncia Bate-Ambrus

Dr. Venoncia M. Baté-Ambrus has over 20 years of experience working in nonprofits, faith based organizations, health and human services, academia, and workforce development. Her work has focused on promoting diversity, equity and inclusion for marginalized communities including African Americans, Latinx, and LGBTQI peoples. Her interests are behavioral and community health, healthcare diversification, policy, training and leadership development. Her pronouns are she/her/hers/ella. Dr. V earned a BA in multicultural psychology, a MS in organizational leadership, a MA in pastoral counseling, PhD in community psychology and graduate certificates in healthcare administration, health psychology, health mission leadership, marketing management, fundraising management, mediation, and conflict resolution.

Reem Azhari, PhD, RN
Endowed Chair of Interprofessional Education; Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Dr. Azhari has been a nurse leader and educator for over twenty years, bringing a background in management, administration, and perioperative clinical practice to her position at ResU. Her experience in team building informs her work as the Chair of Interprofessional Education, a position dedicated to graduating students ready to enter positions requiring multidisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Azhari is also
committed to addressing the needs of vulnerable populations. In addition to her involvement in medical and peace missions in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Philippines, she served two terms as Director of International Health for the United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter, and currently acts as the faculty advisor for the ResU-United Nations Association. Dr. Azhari holds an MSN from Saint Xavier University and a PhD in Business Psychology with a focus on Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Contact Hours: 1.25

You will receive an email the week before the event detailing how to access the webinar.

The Illinois Nurse Foundation is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91).

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