UVA Health is celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of events. “Of all forms of discrimination and inequalities, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhuman.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
UVA Health seeks to acknowledge our history concerning health injustices and create an authentic path that empowers our entire community to flourish together and move forward in our mission to advance humanity and dignity in community and health equity, education, patient care, and research.
Event Schedule: January 17-21, 2022
Monday, Jan. 17
11 a.m. Flourishing Together: Restoring The Humanity, Dignity, and Well-Being of Our Beloved Community
- Virtual opening session
- Guest speaker: Rev. Dr. Emory Berry Jr., pastor of Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia
Tuesday, Jan. 18
11 a.m. A Courageous Conversation: #HowWeHeal
- Virtual discussion for the 2022 National Day of Racial Healing
- View resources: action kit (PDF); conversation guide (PDF)
- Facilitator: Melody M. Pannell, Director of Diversity and Community Engagement
2 p.m. A Way Forward: Transforming Historical Harms
- Virtual panel discussion
- Guest speakers: Thomas DeWolf and Jodie Geddes, co-managers of Coming to the Table and co-authors of The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth Telling, Liberation, and Transformation.
7:30 p.m. Social-Activist Singer-Songwriter Crys Matthews in Concert
- Sponsored by Coming to the Table, RVA
- Virtual concert
Wednesday, Jan. 19 & Thursday, Jan. 20
10 a.m. Righting the Wrongs: Tackling Health Inequities Health Equity Summit
- Virtual summit
The AAMC Center for Health Justice and the Hastings Center will co-convene a virtual summit on health equity. Speakers will explore examples of promising strategies that healthcare leaders and practicing clinicians can employ to address inequities through policy, clinical care, medical education, research, and community collaborations.
- Isabel Wilkerson is the Pulitzer Prize-winner author of the best-selling book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.
- Daniel Dawes is a leader in the movement to advance health equity and a key figure in shaping the Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act.
- Richard Rothstein is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
- David Williams is an internationally recognized social scientist whose TED Talk, “How Racism Makes Us Sick,” has been viewed over 1 million times.
Friday, Jan. 21
1 p.m. The History of Race at the UVA Medical Center (1901-2000)
- In-person tour
The Curator of Historical Collections at the Health Sciences Library, Dan Cavanaugh, will lead a 1-hour tour of the Medical Center’s West Complex, where he will present significant developments in the history of race at the UVA Medical Center between 1901 and 2000.
Dan Cavanaugh will briefly touch upon the following historical developments in the spaces where they occurred: patient segregation, discriminatory health care, labor discrimination, race science research, civil rights activism, IDEA initiatives, and urban renewal projects.
2:15 p.m. Cultivating a Trauma-Informed Response
- In-person discussion in the Historical Collections Reading Room
Preparing for Health Equity Conversations: Resources
These resources introduce terms and concepts that can serve as a framework and context to ground our conversations.
- Why is it important to acknowledge the past and present injustices in our healthcare?
- What educational tools can we use to empower our mission for community and health equity, education, patient care, and research?
- When do we envision taking intentional action to inspire a sense of belonging and inclusivity?
- How do we build the Beloved Community at UVA Health?
Avoidable differences in health between different groups of people. These widespread differences are the result of unfair systems that negatively affect people’s living conditions, access to healthcare, and overall health status. Health inequity affects people from disadvantaged or historically oppressed groups most severely.
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
The conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.
The 5 key areas of SDOH:
- Economic stability
- Education access and quality
- Healthcare access and quality
- Neighborhood and built environment
- Social and community context
Read more about:
Health Equity Resources
- How Racism Makes Us Sick
- What is Health Equity?
- The Color of Medicine
- Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation
- Racial Wealth Gap
- UVA Calendar of Events: Community MLK Celebration
- UVA History From a Black Perspective
Resources from the Health Sciences Library: