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Health Equity on agenda as part of THE PLAYERS 2021 programming;

THE PLAYERS and Optum to host virtual presentation



Each year, THE PLAYERS Championship hosts a variety of events and activities that seek to generate greater awareness and support for organizations and communities in the five-county area. This year is no exception as THE PLAYERS is partnering with its Proud Partner, Optum, to host a panel discussion Place Matters: Understanding Conditions that Influence Health. Live streamed from TPC Sawgrass, the virtual panel presentation will feature area health care leaders championing efforts being led to address health disparities in northeast Florida.

According to rankings conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, St. Johns County ranks first in the state of Florida for quality health outcomes, a leadership position it has maintained for nine consecutive years. Duval County is ranked at 45; Baker trails at 49; Nassau is ranked 33rd; and Clay is 27th.

The one-hour Zoom link presentation is open to the public and does not require pre-registration. It can be accessed via

To review the program and information on panelists, please click here.


Moderator: Charles Griggs, 100 Black Men of America Board Member


  • U. Michael Currie, Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, UnitedHealth Group, parent company of Optum
  • Megan Denk, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health/Board Chair, Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
  • David Garfunkel, CEO, Lift Jax
  • Dr. Leon Haley, Jr., CEO, UF Health
  • Dr. Laureen Husband, Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement, Feeding Northeast Florida



Friday, March 5, 2021

10 -11 a.m.



CLICK HERE for the zoom link.

Note- Due to safety protocols, any media interested in attending the live-streamed panel presentation are required to RSVP in advance by contacting Emily Tillo, PR & Community Outreach Manager for THE PLAYERS, at, 904-424-8572