LEAD, Leading Equity And Diversity, is a series of conversations where attendees have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of guests who lead and/or support DEI and social justice initiatives. This LEAD conversation will address how racism is a public health crisis.
COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on communities of color have unearthed the deep roots of inequity that exist in the structures of our society, including our health system. Speakers will discuss racism and its effects on health and health outcomes from their experiences and research, as well as the multifaceted causes of higher burdens of illness, injury, disability, or mortality experienced by communities of color. They will also offer ideas for anti-racist policies and solutions to address racial health disparities.
Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) captioning services will be available
Chiquita A. Collins, Ph.D. has been actively involved in national and regional organizations in various leadership roles to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has more than 25 years of experience in race relations and social epidemiology, research and practice; serves as chair-elect (2019 to 2021), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion, AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science steering committee member (2013 to 2018); appointed board member, National Diversity Council Healthcare and Time’s UP Healthcare; founding member and President, Texas Medical School Diversity and Inclusion Consortium. She holds a master’s and doctorate in sociology specializing in demography from the University of Michigan and has been a fellow of several prestigious programs, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and recently, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University. Prior to joining the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine in 2017, she served as Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., Ph.D. is a Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center. Neblett is one of the leading U.S. scholars in the area of racism and health, with a particular focus on understanding how racism-related stress influences the mental and physical health of African American young people. In his newest line of research, he conducts community-based participatory research with an eye toward developing and implementing interventions, programs, and policies that can: 1) address the mental health consequences of individual, cultural, and structural racism; 2) improve health; and 3) promote health equity. Neblett's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He teaches courses on race, ethnicity, and mental health and population health determinants and disparities, and he serves on the Society for Research on Adolescence Executive Council and as an Associate Editor for Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. In 2019, Neblett was named Mentor of the Year by the Black Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development, and in 2017, he was awarded the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring. Neblett earned his Sc.B. from Brown University and his M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 2006.