The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Congressional Briefing on Health Equity Data

July 21: 10 a.m. (ET), Virtual

The AAMC will hold a Congressional briefing, “Data for Health Equity: the Foundation for Creating Healthier Communities.”

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Join CommuniVax Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 2-3:30 pm ET, for a webinar on Community-Centric Public Health Practice: COVID-19 Vaccination and Beyond. This webinar will examine the roles health departments can take in achieving health equity.

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Dr. Christopher lead panel experts in discussing the inequities seen during COVID-19 through a TRHT Framework. Other panelists included:

• José A. Rico, Director Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Greater Chicago
• Andrea King Collier, Author & Journalist
• Alieza Durana, Narrative Change Liaison, Princeton’s Eviction Lab
• Anton C. Bizzell, M.D., The Bizzell Group, President and CEO
• Dr. Yolanda Lewis-Ragland, FAAP, FABOM, CEO and Founder, Family Fitness & Wellness, LLC
• Mike Malmberg, Colleges of the Fenway, Director of Environmental Health and Safety

View Recording: HERE

#DenyThePermit: Public Health, Democracy, & Environmental Racism Virtual Forum – Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6 p.m. CDT

Join the Collaborative for Health Equity (CHE) Cook County and Health & Medicine Policy Research Group during National Public Health Week for a forum on environmental justice and how the public health field can act in solidarity with community members demanding clean air and health. The forum will feature panelists including an organizer on this campaign and people working in the fields of public health and environmental justice.

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6 – 7:30 p.m. CDT



The King Center Presents: Beloved Community Global Summit – Day 2:

On September 14, 2020, Dr. Gail Christopher spoke on Racial Healing on Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity’s Panel, Reconciliation: Learning from the Past to Heal America’s Future.


During the teleconference, members of the Cancer Free Economy Network, cancer-focused, health professionals, and public health organization leaders will present an overview of the new Joint Statement on Cancer Prevention “Cancer and Health Leaders Call for Action to Reduce the Burden of Cancer by Reducing Environmental Risk Factors.”  This first-of-its-kind statement calls for using available science to ambitiously expand research, practice, and public policy to prevent onset of disease from environmental exposures.

It is now estimated that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime. Over two decades of science has advanced our understanding of how toxic chemicals contribute to the development of cancer. The Cancer Free Economy Network and partners seek to expand the definition of cancer prevention to include reducing hazardous exposures and to mobilize our society toward achieving that goal.

This call will feature notable speakers:  Margaret Kripke, PhD, Professor Emerita, MD Anderson Cancer Center – Jonathan Agin, JD, Executive Director, Max Cure Foundation – Darcie Green, BCPA, Executive Director, Latinas Contra Cancer – and Georges Benjamin, MD, Executive Director, American Public Health Association. This discussion will be moderated by Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network and Co-Chair of the Health & Science Node for the Cancer Free Economy Network.

What: Teleconference on the Joint Statement on Cancer Prevention “Cancer and Health Leaders Call for Action to Reduce the Burden of Cancer by Reducing Environmental Risk Factors.” 30-minute presentation followed by live question and answer period.


When: Thursday September 17, 2020 – 11am EST, with Q&A to follow

Where: Zoom Webinar, please register.

Please join National Collaborative for Health Equity, Trust for America’s Health, American Public Health Association, and the NAACP, on July 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm ET for a congressional briefing titled, Ending the Triple Pandemic: Advancing Racial Equity by Promoting Health, Economic Opportunity and Criminal Justice Reform.

The briefing will discuss the disproportionate health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black community and other communities of color, and how structural racism drives systemic inequities in health, the economy, and criminal justice. The session will also highlight policy recommendations to move the nation toward equitable opportunity and racial justice. The briefing will take place virtually from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET.

With remarks by the Honorable Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) and the Honorable Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).


Dialogue4Health Webinar

Friday, 10:30AM – 12:00PM Pacific Time

Presenters: Diane Yental, Sue Pechilio Polis, Gregory Miao, Bobby Watts

Many Americans struggle to maintain a safe and healthy place to live. People who are housing insecure or experience homelessness typically have poorer physical and mental health outcomes and are at greater risk for infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to other challenges.

In response, solutions such as providing short-term housing arrangements for newly released low-level criminal justice offenders to rental assistance and freezes on evictions have been put in place to reduce the risk of exposure among vulnerable populations during the pandemic. However, these short-term solutions won’t be enough. Also required are sustainable long-term programs that equitably improve opportunities for individuals to live in safe and affordable housing.

This Web Forum will highlight the disproportionate and long-existing economic and health disparities among people who are housing insecure or experience homelessness. The Web Forum will also highlight what is currently being done to protect this population during the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify the long-term policy, system, and environmental changes that are needed to advance health equity by effectively addressing housing insecurity and homelessness.

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Washington, D.C. – Monday, June 1st, Congresswoman Barbara Lee will introduce her new legislation calling for the formation of a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission to address the legacy of slavery and racism in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic and recent cases of police brutality and violence have highlighted the continued and growing disparities between communities of color and their white counterparts. If our country is ever going to be a truly fair and equal society, we need to address the wrongs of our past and recognize how they impact our present. Congresswoman Lee and other key leaders on this issue will hold a press call at 12pm ET to discuss the legislation.

• Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
• Rep. Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CA-37)
• Rep. Jim McGovern, Chair of the House Rules Committee (MA-02)
• Rep. Deb Haaland (NM-01)
• Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04)
• Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06)
• Wade Henderson, former President of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
• Dr. Gail Christopher, former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
• Former Rep. Tom Perriello, Executive Director, Open Society-U.S.

WHAT: Press call discussing efforts to address the legacy of racism in the United States

WHEN: Monday, June 1st at 12pm ET.

WHERE: Zoom – click here to register.


Congresswoman Lee is the Co-Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Chair Emeritus of the Progressive Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus. She also serves as Chair of the Majority Leader’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.