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February 8, 2022

2020 drew a sharp eye toward long-existing systems of racial inequity in the United States, especially in health care. As a Licensed Social Worker, Ryan Ivory has been on the front lines of seeing racial inequities play out in health care. Ryan’s talk details these experiences and she challenges all of to realize that being Black is a pre-existing health condition. Ryan C. Ivory is a master’s level Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Ohio. Additionally, she is a Social Work Case Manager at Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the State Licensed Administrator of The Kid’s Institute, Inc., and an Adjunct Instructor at Ohio University. Her professional career focuses on mental health, substance abuse, social justice issues, children/families, health disparities in the African American community, and racism as a public health crisis.

Ryan is the current National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter Region 7 Director, Former Board Chair of the Mustard Seed Foundation, Former Board Chair of the NASW PACE Committee, Board Member of the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work Alumni Board, Board Member, Dayton Foundation, African American Community Fund, and Founding Member of Eradicate Racism Collaborative, LLC.

A graduate of the Parity Inc., Black Leadership Development Program, a lifelong member of Girl Scouts, USA, and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Ryan earned a B.A. in African American Studies and an MSW in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently pursuing a certificate in Political Social Work from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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