SXSW 2022

DEI: Prescription to Improve Community Outcomes


COVID-19 had a disproportionate negative effect on the health and employment of marginalized communities. However, the Baltimore City Health Department was able to partner with local community organizations and technology companies during the pandemic to improve health outcomes for all city residents and provide economic opportunities for those most in need. Baltimore Health Corps and the Baltimore Technology and Software Development Fellowship are examples of how DEI can directly and immediately impact historically excluded groups and provide tangible benefits for cities, community and commercial organizations. This panel will discuss the formation, implementation and outcomes of such partnerships and how other communities, governments and companies can create similar universal uplift.

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  1. Creative strategies for promoting historically excluded groups to build a circular local economy that benefits residents, government and business.
  2. Cities can improve municipal services and be better stewards of tax revenue by hiring more diverse talent through local community partnerships.
  3. Nontraditional talent lends new perspectives and insights to solving complex technical and community health problems.



Adam Curtis, Communication director, Catalyte

Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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