Health-Racism-and-Communication-Seminar-Series

Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series

Starting this month, Tulane PRC will co-host the Spring 2019 Health, Racism, and Communication Seminar Series in collaboration with The Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (CEMCH) and The Mary Amelia Douglas-Whited Women’s Community Health Education Center (MAC).  This seminar series works to educate attendees about communicating the influence of racism on health.



On Tuesday, March 19, Nicole Deggins, CNM, MSN, MPH, Founder and Director of Sista Midwife Productions will address Social Entrepreneurship as a strategy to engage communities and improve health outcomes. Deggins focuses on identifying perinatal disparities and how racism has contributed to them. Sista Midwife Productions is working to improve pregnancy and birth experiences in a number of ways. As one of New Orleans health entrepreneurships launched with the assistance of Propeller, she is very familiar with the process of community engagement and how valuable it is for making long term changes in the community.

Danielle Broussard, PhD, MPH Research Consultant and Maeve Wallace, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor both of the Mary Amelia Center at Tulane SPHTM, will discuss Keys to advancing health equity in New Orleans: communication within and without on Wednesday, March 20 . Health equity cannot be achieved until there are deliberate and sustained efforts to address the root causes of inequities. This talk will explore some of the historical roots of contemporary health inequities in New Orleans, arising from 300 years of structural racism. As health equity is increasingly prioritized by governmental public health efforts both in New Orleans and across the nation, it may require agencies to transform how they conduct business, work across sectors, and engage with the communities they serve.

Communicating for policy change to address maternal and child health inequities will be the topic addressed by Clare Daniel, PhD, Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Leadership at the Newcomb College Institute, Kimberly Novod, MPA, Founder and Executive Director of Saul’s Light Foundation and Ashley Hill, CLC Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator of Birthmark Doula Collective and Founder of The Uptown Doula on Tuesday, March 26. These three women are part of the New Orleans Maternal and Child Health Coalition, they will discuss the founding and mission of the coalition. They focus their strategy on city level birth outcomes associated with racial disparities combining academic research, community voice and personal testimony to convey the message and appeal to policymakers. They will also discuss the next steps of the coalition and building the capacity of the group.



All seminars will be presented in room 1201 of The Tidewater building at 1440 Canal Street from 12:00 to 1:30pm. A light lunch will be provided at each seminar and all events are open to the public.  Tulane PRC hopes that you will be able to join to learn about and explore these important issues.

Recordings of the seminars will be made available on the Tulane PRC YouTube page.

- Colette Maser

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