Black Health Matters Conference at Harvard University

The Black Health Matters Conference will bring together students and speakers from across the country to explore how past and present sociopolitical climates have impacted the health of Black communities.We will analyze health disparities faced by Black people by shedding light on specific issues ranging

from social stigma surrounding mental health to the effects of healthcare policy. We aim to bring together attendees from a variety of backgrounds to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to tackling these issues.

For more information about the goals and motivations for this conference, please see the letter written by our co-directors: https://bhmconference.com/news/2017/6/6/letter-from-our-directors

Registration will open in the next few days. If you would like to be contacted directly when registration opens, please fill out the form on this page: https://bhmconference.com/join-us/

CONFERENCE AGENDA:

Friday

3-7:30 PM | Check-In
7:30 PM | Opening Remarks
7:40 PM | Screening of Unnatural Causes: When the Bough Breaks
8:05 PM | Discussion, led by Dr. J. Alexis Abrams, University of Maryland

Saturday

Morning/Afternoon
8:30 AM | Breakfast and Check-In
9:00 AM | Opening Remarks
9:10 AM | Keynote: Mary Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
9:50 AM | Panel: Prison System Healthcare
10:50 AM | TED-Style Talk: Dr. Nancy Krieger, Harvard School of Public Health
11:15 AM | Coffee Break
11:25 AM | TED-Style Talk: Dr. Madina Agénor, Harvard School of Public Health
11:50 AM | Panel: Sexual Health Activism
12:50 PM | Lunch
2:00 PM | TED-Style Talk: Dr. Joan Reede, Harvard Medical School
2:25 PM | Panel Session: 1) Black Health Professionals and Black Health; 2) Legal System's Role in Health; 3) Zip Code vs. Genetic Code as a Determinant of Health
3:25 PM | Keynote: Harriet Washington, Author

Evening
5:30 PM | Dance Workshop
8:30 PM | Open Mic

Sunday

9:30 AM | Breakfast
10:00 AM | Day 2 Remarks
10:10 AM | Keynote: Dr. Michelle Williams, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health
10:45 AM | Workshop Session 1: 1) Addressing Mental Health in the Black Community; 2) The Role of Food Deserts in Generating Health Disparities; 3) Importance of Health Literacy and Education
12:15 PM | Lunch
1:30 PM | Workshop Session 2: 1) Drafting Effective Health Policy Measures; 2) The Media's Role in Perpetuating (and Combating) Health Stereotypes; 3) Importance of Self-Care in the Black Community
3:00 PM | Closing Remarks

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52 Oxford St, 02138
Cambridge
10 November , Friday 19:30

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