Social justice gets spotlight at Health Summit

The 11 th annual Health Summit took place at Western Technical College this Friday, with the focal point being what hospitals and health professionals can do to better serve systemically oppressed groups.

Mayo Health and Gundersen were both featured along with local police and leading voices in social justice all delivering speeches on how to reach marginalized groups.

A major point of discussion at the summit was how some with diverse backgrounds may be distrusting of medical professionals.

Shaundel Spivey, College Connection Manager at Western, explained that due to historical oppression, some in oppressed groups may have heard negative stories, or heard negative history, that leads them to distrust hospitals.

“That distrust continues to overlap or be an add on to other historical oppression that happened that have been caused by mainly white individuals,” explained Spivey.

Another topic point was how white individuals, even when with low income, have systematic advantages within the health system.

“This is an important conversation that needs to be had as we look into an area that were in it’s increasingly growing in its diversity. We cant hide behind the oppression that happened to this community and this country because it will impact La Crosse.”

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