Making Black Lives Matter in Philadelphia: Perspectives from the Health Sciences
From Betsy Deming
In June 2020, thousands took to the streets in Philadelphia in support of Black lives and to protest police brutality. But how do we actually make Black lives matter in Philadelphia and across the nation? Gun violence is surging, claiming the lives of mostly Black young citizens. And while the Covid-19 pandemic has hit many Black communities the hardest, the initial vaccine roll-out has disproportionately vaccinated white individuals.
In a keynote address, Dr. Eugenia South will explore how these crises are linked through the common root cause of structural racism. She will then use examples from her own work to describe how place-based, neighborhood-centered solutions can address both gun violence and Covid-19 vaccine distribution inequities.
Dr. South is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine where she serves as the Vice Chair for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. She is also the Faculty Director for the Penn Urban Health Lab.
The keynote presentation will be followed by an interdisciplinary roundtable conversation, focused on structural racism and health inequities, moderated by Richard James.
- Bridgette Brawner, PhD, APRN, MDiv, Associate Professor of Nursing
- Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Director of Engagement, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Associate Professor, Family and Community Health, School of Nursing; Associate Professor, Health Policy, and Scientific Director, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Perelman School of Medicine
- Tarik S. Khan, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute; Doctoral Student, School of Nursing
This important talk is the first in a new lecture series made possible by donors to the Social Equity & Community Fund.