Events

Upcoming School of Public Health events related to diversity and inclusion.

Past Event Recordings

Justice in Public Health: Policing, Incarceration, and Immigration Enforcement: What’s public health got to do with it?
March 16, 2022

A 90-minute lecture and discussion that covers a high-level overview of the health research on the criminal, legal and immigration systems, as well as current abolitionist advocacy and organizing to improve individual, family, and community health.

Justice in Public Health: Redefining Gendered Violence: Daily Interactions as Oppression
March 3, 2022

The way violence is generally defined, especially by legal and criminal justice systems, is limited. It fails to properly count, explain or provide solutions to violence. In a talk based on their first book Everyday Violence: The Public Harassment of Women and LGBTQ People, Dr. Simone Kolysh relies on the sociology of gender and sexuality, LGBTQ studies, intersectionality, and urban sociology to rethink violence as both a continuum and pervasive across society.

Justice in Public Health: Engaging Research from Scholars of Color
February 4, 2022

In this interactive presentation session, attendees will learn the following from a public health lens: (1) the impact of citational inequity and content erasure; (2) examples of contemporary movements to increase citational equity; and (3) Articulate opportunities to improve and center a range of diverse people and voices in research, writing, and course development.

Justice in Public Health: CRT, Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis, and Public Health
January 27, 2022

Critical race theory has recently received a lot of attention from both its critics and advocates. This session will cover some of the core insights offered by critical race theorists, drawing on examples impacting the health and well-being of people of color.

Justice in Public Health: Acknowledging the Land
November 11, 2021

Incorporating land acknowledgements into spoken and written word is a powerful way to honor native land, and is “a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.” (Honor Native Land)

Justice in Public Health: At the heart — Racial and gender justice in cardiovascular health
October 8, 2021

Health disparities in the African American community are particularly stark when it comes to heart disease. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota’s African American adults aged 35-64 die from heart disease at approximately two times the rate of their white counterparts.

Disparities in COVID-19: Social Justice, Policy and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the U.S. Population
April 16, 2021

Keynote speakers Rachel Hardeman, Camara Phyllis Jones, and Michael Osterholm, have a timely conversation, moderated by Jaime Slaughter-Acey, exploring COVID-19 policy considerations and vaccination strategies through a lens of social justice and structural racism.

Activism in All Spaces: Finding Your Place in the Movement
Sep 29, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic and several other public health crises, we all want to do something. As graduate students, public health practitioners, or even parents, it can be challenging to see where you can make a difference. However, we all have a role to play. Environmental activist and advocate Janiece Watts will lead a conversation on finding our role in justice movements.

EpiCH Seminar – Structural Racism, Health Inequities, and the Role of Health Care
July 31, 2020

Hosted by the SPH Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

It is clear that in order to eliminate the pervasive racial health inequities we see in Minnesota, institutions – including health care systems – need to name and work to dismantle structural racism. In a recent study completed for United States of Care, we worked with an advisory group to develop a framework for health care to do work within their systems and in partnership with others to eliminate inequities.

Strengthening Our Community in Light of Tragedy
June 5, 2020

Hosted by the SPH Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Our community, and specifically the African American community, is grieving in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by police. We offer condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family, his friends, and to all in our SPH community and those around us who carry the disproportionate pain and burden of police violence and structural racism.

This webinar brings us together to discuss George Floyd’s death, the actions of police in Black communities, and our roles as agents of change in public health and the community. Drs. Rhonda Jones-Webb and Sonya Brady share their work on improving relations between police and young Black men. They are joined by Phyllis Thomas, Study Coordinator for the ARIC Study, and Tricia Alexander, Public Health Nutrition MPH student, for discussion moderated by Dr. Jaime Slaughter-Acey.

Beyond the Pale: Examining the Role Racism Plays in Research
April 12, 2019

Hosted by the SPH EDIT Team

This is a panel discussion on the past, present, and future of race and racism in medical research. The event was sponsored by EDIT (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team), which chose Bad Blood as their book club read for the spring 2019 semester. The book focuses on the infamous Tuskegee experiments and set the scene for the discussion. Panelists included Micheal Oakes, Chris Warlick, and Fareed Awan.

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