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Wednesday, October 11 • 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Wednesday Luncheon Plenary—For the Sake of All

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Welcome Remarks: Rebecca Villarreal, Kresge Foundation

Keynote Speaker: Jason Purnell, Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis and creator of the For the Sake of All project

Closing Remarks: Bobbie Laur, Executive Director, CUMU and Charles Rutheiser, Annie E. Casey Foundation

The 2017 conference wraps up with a final closing luncheon plenary featuring Dr. Jason Purnell, whose work is focused on health equity, poverty, and the power of data and community-wide commitment to address these challenges. Purnell is the creator of the For the Sake of All project, which focuses on improving the health of all people by eliminating racial inequities in the St. Louis region.

For the Sake of All: Improving health and well-being in St. Louis post-Ferguson
The St. Louis region became the focus of international attention after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in the suburban town of Ferguson in August of 2014. Just months before, Jason Purnell led a team of researchers from Washington University and Saint Louis University that partnered with the community to produce For the Sake of All: A Report on the Health and Well-Being of African Americans in St. Louis—and Why It Matters for Everyone. It not only documented the racial disparities in education, economic status, and health that had long plagued the St. Louis region, but also pointed to solutions for coordinated action to address them. It was a key source for the Ferguson Commission appointed by Missouri’s governor to uncover the underlying social and economic factors leading to protests and unrest. Learn more about the report and the ambitious cross-sector, collaborative work that has emerged from it to make St. Louis a region that works for the sake of all.

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Bobbie Laur

Associate Vice President, Outreach, Towson University
In my role with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, I focus on connecting our members with each other to address critical issues facing our institutions and cities and identify opportunities for collaboration and transformation!In my role at Towson University as... Read More →
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Jason Purnell

Associate Professor, Washington University
About Jason Purnell Jason Purnell is an assistant professor in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He is trained in both applied psychology and public health. Dr. Purnell leads the For the Sake of All project, a multidisciplinary... Read More →
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Charles Rutheiser

Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Charles Rutheiser is a senior associate in the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Center for Civic Sites and Community Change, where he manages national grant portfolios on anchor institutions, housing and community development. A former Fulbright and Inter-American Foundation Fellow, Charles‘s... Read More →
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Rebecca Villarreal

Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation

Wednesday October 11, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm MDT
Colorado Ballrooms