Tuesday, September 27, 2022

MDHHS Special Presentation: Medical Racism and Health Equity

8:45 AM to 10:00 AM

Registration for the MDHHS Medical Racism & Health Equity Special Presentation with Dr. Loretta Ross is now open!

Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Loretta J. Ross on Medical Racism and Health Equity. This special presentation is free, but pre-registration is required. Once you submit a registration request, you will receive an email confirmation with a virtual connection link. No continuing education credits will be available.

Dr. Loretta J. Ross will give an awakening presentation about the perpetual, racially-driven practices in today's health care system. Dr. Ross will discuss the historical impacts of medical racism, the negative effects of federal legislation and rights for women of color fertility, reproductive justice in a universal framework, and the importance of intersectionality of health care for reproductive health. 

Deadline to register is September 22, 2022

Ready to Register? Please register at  https://events.blackthorn.io/00D3d0000008avc/a1I3d0000007UvB with your SHOARS credentials.

Dr. Loretta J. Ross Speaker Biography

Dr. Loretta J. Ross is an Associate Professor at Smith College. She is an activist, public intellectual, and a scholar. Her passion is in innovating creative imagining about global human rights and social justice issues. As the third director of the first rape crisis center in the country in the 1970s, she helped launch the movement to end violence against women that has evolved into today's #MeToo movement. She also founded the first center in the U.S. to innovate creative human rights education for all people so that social justice issues are more collaborative and less divisive. She has also deprogrammed members of hate groups leading to conceptualizing and writing the first book on "Calling In the Calling Out Culture" to transform how people can overcome political differences to use empathy and respect to guide difficult conversations.

She started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s, working at the National Football League Players' Association, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women's Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), the National Center for Human Rights Education, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, until retiring as an organizer in 2012 to teach about activism.

Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-written with Rickie Solinger, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture due out in 2022. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among others.

Intended Audience: All interested persons are welcome to apply to attend this special presentation.

Participation Requirements: In order to receive proof of attendance, training participants are required to log into the virtual platform on time and attend the entire training. Attendance log-in and out times will be monitored. Do not plan to arrive late or leave early. Late arrival is considered logging into the training fifteen (15) minutes after the start of the training. Late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the virtual training and will result in a no-call/no-show for training attendance; supervisors will be notified.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations or modifications must be made no later than two (2) business days prior to the training date. Applicants who are unable to attend any trainings for which they are registered must contact the Training Unit at [email protected]. Failure to do so will classify the participant as a no-call/no-show and may result in lost priority when registering for future trainings.

If you have questions, please email  [email protected]