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Racial Inequities In Health Care: A Virtual Town Hall
Jun 22 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Kathleen Holmes – Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Missouri Foundation For Health

Kathleen Holmes joined Missouri Foundation For Health (MFFH) in 2007 as a program officer. Prior to joining MFFH, Kathleen worked as a research coordinator at Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health in the CDC-funded Health Communication Research Laboratory focusing on eliminating health disparities. She gained extensive health care experience throughout her early career as a registered nurse, and later as a hospital nurse educator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from McKendree University in Lebanon, IL and a Master of Public Health degree from Saint Louis University.  Since joining MFFH, Kathleen has provided direction and support across a variety of issue areas, including current initiatives seeking to decrease infant mortality and unintended pregnancy.  As part of the executive team at MFFH Kathleen provides knowledge and expertise in establishing and executing strategy; exploring, developing, and implementing new approaches; mentoring staff; and collaborating with health leaders throughout Missouri and across the US to catalyze change and eliminate health inequities.


Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson – Associate Professor, Saint Louis University

Dr. Denise Hooks-Anderson is a board certified Family Physician whose research interests include preventative medicine and the elimination of health disparities. Her passion is fueled by her strong desire to improve healthcare for minority, disadvantaged and marginalized communities.  Her philosophy is simple: treat all people with respect, compassion and love.  She is a graduate of Jackson State University, the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine, and the Lincoln Family Medicine Residency Program in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her past work experiences have included community medicine and private practice. She is currently an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Hooks-Anderson is heavily involved in the community with presentations and other volunteer activities. She presently serves as the Medical Editor of The Saint Louis American newspaper and the President of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Affiliate of the American Heart Association. She is also the past president of Mound City Medical Forum, the local chapter of the National Medical Association. Dr. Hooks-Anderson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Donald Brennan Humanitarian Award. She is married to Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, an Associate Professor at Harris Stowe State University and the mother of two beautiful daughters, ages 20 and 13.

4th Annual YWCA Gala
Aug 27 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Be a part of YWCA Metro St. Louis’ long-standing history of promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all – eliminating racism and empowering women since 1904.

6:00 pm – Registration and Reception
7:00 pm – Dinner
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Dance


$250 – Individual Ticket
$2,500 – Table of 10 

Click Here to See Photos From the 2019 Gala

Unable to Attend?  You can still make a donation.