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ACS CAN July 23 event will focus on health equity 100 years after Tulsa Massacre

‚ÄčThis virtual event focused on Medicaid is scheduled for July 23, 1 - 2 p.m. ET.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be hosting a virtual event --Medicaid and Health Equity: 100 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre -- on Friday, July 23, from 1 -  2 p.m.ET. 

The event will focus on the intersections among racial violence, systemic racism, health disparities, and the importance of access to health care coverage. The discussion will center around the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and how the destruction of the Greenwood district left a once thriving, self-sufficient Black community that had access to an adequate care system with little to no access to care and the health disparities that followed, still being felt today. The event will also highlight the importance of Medicaid expansion as one means to help address longstanding disparities caused by the massacre.

The event will feature the following experts:

  • Kristi Williams, co-owner of the Real Black Wall Street Tour  
  • Jabraan Pasha, MD, assistant dean of student affairs at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine 
  • Councilwoman Vanessa Hall-Harper, Tulsa City Council District 1 
  • Lance Barbour, ACS CAN senior state and local campaigns manager 

ACS CAN played a critical role in Oklahoma becoming the 37th state to increase access to health insurance coverage through Medicaid. Expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma took effect on July 1, providing more than 117,000 people with critical access to health insurance coverage. This change took place one month after the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. 

This free, virtual event is open to the public. Please register here and share the link with your networks. 

The event is the third in a series on health equity through the Medicaid Covers US project. The project is aimed at creating a conversation about the Medicaid program and the role it plays in the health and well-being of families, friends, and communities. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lance Barbour at or Katie Alexander

TOP PHOTO: Kristi Williams,  co-owner of the Real Black Wall Street Tour, is shown taking Matt Glanville, the Oklahoma government relations director, and Paula Warlick, the Oklahoma grassroots director, on a tour of the Greenwood District. 


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