Seminars to feature intersections of health, racism, and communication

A three-part series of public seminars at Tulane is teaching attendees how to communicate about the influence of racism on health by featuring prominent local leaders.

"We hope attendees will learn new ways of addressing racism in their work by hearing from leaders working in different settings to further people's health," said Shokufeh Ramirez, Assistant Director of the Tulane Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH). "The effects of racism are pervasive and, in public health work, we have a responsibility to recognize the influence of racism on health."

For close to 15 years, the Tulane CEMCH has partnered with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC) to host seminars to enhance traditional public health skills. In 2015, the series evolved to focus on the intersections of health, communication, and racism. Other co-sponsors also joined the series, and this fall's seminar sponsors include the Tulane Mary Amelia Women's Center and student groups Tulane African Student Association, Tulane Society of Young Black Public Health Professionals, SALUD for Latin American Communities, and SURPH: Students United for Reproductive Freedom-Public Health.

The seminars, called "Health, Racism, and Communication Seminars," attract a broad range of attendees including community organizers, neighborhood groups, and public health professionals, as well as Tulane students, faculty and staff.

All seminars will be at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1440 Canal Street, in New Orleans. They run 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the last half hour devoted to discussion. These events are free and open to the public. The series includes:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018: “Why We Should Continue to Study Race, But Do a Better Job.” Featuring Thomas LaVeist, PhD, Dean of Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity, in Diboll Auditorium.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018: “Creating Change to Support Health Equity in Healthcare Institutions.” Featuring Julie Fitch, MA, Testing and Capacity-Building Supervisor, STD/HIV Program, Louisiana Office of Public Health, in Room 1210.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2018: “Restorative Approaches: Finding Justice and Well-Being Through Connection.” Featuring Troi Bechet, MSW, Founder and CEO, Center for Restorative Approaches, in Room 1210.

Recordings of the seminars will be made available on the Tulane PRC YouTube page afterward. Click here to download the Save the Date flyer.

By Naomi Englar, Tulane PRC Staff
September 2018

Topics:   training , health communication , community health

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