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.

Register Here.

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.

Sorrow and Outrage Webinar

June 19, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm





Eliza Ramos

Eliza Ramos, MPH, MSW, is an award winning activist, healer, and advocate for social justice. She is the CEO of Circles International, a consulting group that helps social justice practitioners, teams and organizations prevent burnout and thrive. She has consulted with NGOs and governments in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya. Her writing and research on wellbeing and social justice has been published by the United Nations, North Shore LIJ Hospital, AIDS Center for Queens County, and the Columbia Social Work Review. Eliza holds an M.P.H. from Harvard University, and an M.S.W. from Columbia University. She is certified in mediation and conflict resolution, wilderness emergency medicine, and Reiki.

Lucy Odigie-Turley

Lucy Odigie-Turley leads The Opportunity Agenda’s communications research strategy and activities, including the assessment of public opinion, news media coverage, online media discourse, and popular culture as it relates to our initiatives and mission. Lucy holds a Ph.D. in Communication from American University, an M.A. from New York University in Africana Studies with a concentration in Global Journalism, and a B.A. in English from Queen Mary, University of London.

Black women are facing a maternal health crisis. In 2015, SisterSong partnered with the Center for Reproductive Rights on a human rights report,  Reproductive Injustice: Racial and Gender Discrimination in U.S. Health Care.  We also co-hosted a cross-sectoral convening of leaders on Black maternal health in Atlanta at the Mother House.

The Black Mamas Matter meeting brought together researchers, service providers, policy experts, and community organizers to identify innovative strategies for improving maternal health outcomes for Black women.

Out of this gathering came an innovative toolkit of resources to support the development of state strategies.  Organizers also identified the need to have a more structured effort to continue to recognize, celebrate, and support Black mamas.  The  Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) was launched in 2016.  They held the first Congressional briefing on Black women’s health last month.

Please, join us Tuesday, August 22nd from 1:00-2:30pm EST to hear from BMMA steering committee members Monica Simpson (SisterSong), Dr. Joia Crear-Perry (National Birth Equity Collaborative), Elizabeth Dawes Gay (Consultant), Kwajelyn Jackson (Feminist Women’s Health Center), and Angela Doyinsola Aina, MPH (BMMA Programming Chair).

Learn how they are working to address the unique needs of Black women and hear more about efforts to harness women of color’s collective power to tell our stories and make our health a priority. Click HERE to register. You can also follow and contribute to the conversation using #RJ2017 and #BlackMamasMatter.

Thursday, May 18 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (PST)

#PublicHealthAwakened Webinar Series

Join Public Health Awakened for a webinar on understanding the federal budget process. We expect the Trump administration’s budget proposal to come out by the end of the month and we want to be ready to take action to respond to those proposals and engage in the congressional budget debate. On this webinar, Sharon Parrott, an expert from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will talk to us about the federal budget process and about key points when we can exercise our political power to shape the budget.

Register for the webinar here:

Beyond Bias is a two-part webinar series sponsored by the National Collaborative for Health Equity (NCHE) and the Within Our Lifetime Network (WOL), in partnership with The Perception Institute.

Part I — Part I of the Beyond Bias series took a deep look at the science of implicit bias and how it shows up in everyday life.  The session gave particular attention to the role of implicit bias in the delivery of health care services.  And provided a brief introduction to two different — but related and equally important — phenomena:  1) racial anxiety and; 2) stereotype threat.

View webinar recording here.

Slides (coming soon)


Part II — Part II of the Beyond Bias series included a short introduction to the science of implicit bias (for those who missed part I). However, the major focus of part II was a review of strategies for reducing and/or disrupting implicit bias and the related phenomena of racial anxiety and stereotype threat.

View webinar recording here.

Slides here.