The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a plan to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities, and federal health officials will take questions about it during a webcast Monday at 1 p.m.

Panelists include Dr. Garth Graham, deputy assistant secretary for minority health at HHS, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Dr. Herbert Smitherman Jr., assistant dean and professor of internal medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and president and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation Inc.

The discussion is part of a series of webcasts on health disparities produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

A link to the webcast will be available at this website at 12:30 p.m. Monday. To submit a question, email

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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