Join AIDPH, OPEN, and the APHA Oral Health Section as we host activities for a day of racial healing in the oral health community, aligned with the National Day of Racial Healing sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation.
Title: How do we approach racial healing in the oral health community?
1.5 Continuing education credits available
The oral health workforce in all sectors (e.g. nonprofit, academia, clinical, etc.) is still predominantly White, promulgating inequity in both workforce representation and health outcomes. BIPOC professionals also experience persistent discrimination in all sectors of the oral health community, creating trauma and inequity among our professional workforce. Knowing these disparities and lived experiences exist, how do we advance racial healing in the oral health community? Dr. Caswell Evans and Dr. Henrie Treadwell will participate in a panel discussion outlining the impact of racism on oral health disparities and the historic burden of oral disease that has been disproportionately experienced by BIPOC communities while elucidating opportunities for racial healing. As we pursue racial equity in oral health, it is important to understand that the responsibility of justice does not remain with one person, one group, or even one organization to drive this work. The responsibility belongs to all of us to participate in these honest, powerful, and moving experiences, and pursue this journey together. Through racial healing, we can all forge deep, meaningful relationships, lay the groundwork to transform broken systems, and create a world in which, together, we are a new force for positive change. Following the panel discussion, attendees will engage in small group breakout sessions focusing on racial healing in the oral health community and how to take action.
1.Evaluate systemic influences that both facilitate and impede oral health equity.
2.Understand the impact of racial inequity within the oral health community.
3.Explore opportunities for applying a lens of racial healing for both personal and professional work within oral health.
Caswell A. Evans, Jr., D.D.S., M.P.H., is currently the Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry; he is also a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health. Previously he served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General. For twelve years, Dr. Evans was Director of Public Health Programs and Services, for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He is a past president of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Evans is Chairman of DentaQuest Foundation Board. He also serves on the Chicago Board of Health and the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and the Children’s Dental Health Project.
Dr. Treadwell is Founding Director of Community Voices: HealthCare for the Underserved and is Research Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. Prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine, she served for 17 years as Program Director, Health at the Kellogg Foundation and was responsible for grantmaking in the United States, Central and Latin America, southern Africa and China. She served as the National Director for the childhood obesity prevention programs for the Links, Incorporated, an organization of over 12,000 African American women across the United States and in select international communities, and as Principal Investigator for “Save Our Sons”, a weight management, obesity reduction and diabetes control program for the National Urban League that was funded by the Pfizer Corporation. Dr. Treadwell continues to provide webinars for the Links, Incorporated on topics such as childhood obesity/weigh management, diabetes, and heart issues related to nutrition, diabetes, and obesity. Additionally, her current workfocuses principally on the health and well-being of poor boys and men of color and the impact of the criminal justice system, racism, poverty and other determinants that affect their future potential. She has served as Guest Editor of two special theme issues of the American Journal of Public Health that initiated the discussion of the special health and well-being challenges facing boys and men in general and of the disparate impact of the prison system. She is the author of books including “Beyond Stereotypes in Black and White: How Everyday Leaders Can Build Healthier Opportunities for African American Boys and Men.” and many peer-reviewed and popular publications designed to build public knowledge and will to change systems that disparately compromise futures of communities of Black boys and men. In addition to writing to inform policy and systems change, Dr. Treadwell has implemented numerous programs for justice involved youth aged 14-24 designed to reduce recidivism, improve educational levels, promote completion of high school/GED and enrollment in postsecondary programs, strengthen families, and emphasize the importance of protecting personal health. In addition, she is Section Editor, Racial and Gender Disparities, American Journal of Men’s Health, and is a member of the Publications Board of the American Public Health Association where she advocates for novel topics such as the forthcoming (July 2019) “Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional.” Finally, Dr. Treadwell was the first African American to integrate and graduate from the University of South Carolina since Reconstruction following a successful lawsuit in l963 and is the first African American woman to graduate from that institution in its history. She has received numerous honors and awards including the “Order of the Palmetto” the State of South Carolina’s highest civilian award from Governor Nikki Haley (2014) for her work in social and health justice.
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