BOSTON (WHDH) - YW Boston held a panel to discuss mental and physical wellness in marginalized communities in Boston Wednesday night.

Amaka Ubaka of 7NEWS moderated the event, called “The City Talks: Equity in Wellness” and led the discussion between several city leaders. The event aimed to discuss “changing policies, practices, and attitudes to make the wellness industry more inclusive,” according to the YW’s event page.

A partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, the event was inspired by the Obama portraits exhibit and Michelle Obama’s work with mental and physical health for youth.

“When you have a community of people around you that support you, that see you, that hear you, that feel you, that look like you, that reflect that type of community that you’re a part of, they can help you further your wellness goals so much more,” one speaker, Trillfit founder Heather White, said.

The other panelists included Director of the Roxbury Film Festival Lisa Simmons, Founder of the Courage Campaign Ashley Mitchell, and the YW’s Vice President of Programs Anouska Bhattacharyya.

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