“Let us name racism because it does exist,” is an observation made frequently by Dr. Camara Jones, Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Jones believes acknowledging racism and other systems of power that create an uneven playing field for people is critical to eliminating the racial disparities that permeate society — from schools and churches to workplaces and our health care system.
“Let us go in all of our places and think and ask out loud and on paper, how is racism operating here?” Dr. Jones has said. “And then let’s make a commitment to address that.”
We’re thrilled that Dr. Jones will be sharing her insights on how to make ours a more just, equitable, and healthy nation at an afternoon plenary at the Schweitzer Leadership Conference on Nov. 2.
Dr. Jones has devoted her career to studying the effects of racism on the health and well-being of our nation. She has criss-crossed the country sharing her three-level framework for understanding racism in an effort to guide thinking about how to mitigate its impact on health.
Dr. Jones has deployed allegory and clever analogy to make complex conversations about discrimination and disparities understandable and engaging to mass audiences. She has appeared in the documentary filmsUnnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, an exploration of the racial and socioeconomic disparities in health and wellness, and Black in America: The Black Woman & Family, which aired on CNN.
We hope that you can join us for an illuminative exchange of ideas, learning, and networking with Dr. Jones and our other distinguished guests, including Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th US Surgeon General (2009-2013), recipient of the 2013 Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism; former NASA astronaut Robert L. Satcher, MD; and medical journalist Timothy Johnson, MD, recipient of the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education
In addition to Dr. Jones’ discussion on racism and health, other conference topics include:
- The Road Map to Health: Powering Partnerships for Healthy Communities
- Upstream Doctors
- Role of Education in Health
- Future of the Affordable Care Act
- Sports as a Tool for Health and Social Justice
- Aging Everybody’s Doing It….Differently: What It Means for Health
- Advocacy Strategies: Creating Change through Protest, Partnership, and Principled Opportunism
- The Pharmacist… An Essential Partner for Healthy Communities
The deadline to register for the conference is Wednesday, October 23. You can register here!