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Rep. Kelly, Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls to Host Symposium on Black Women in Healthcare

July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, will host a symposium titled "When Black Women Touch Medicine, We Heal the World" on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 8:30AM at House of Hope in Chicago.

The event will feature several panel-style discussions with distinguished Black women in healthcare and will focus both on Black women's contributions in healthcare and the future of Black women in medicine.

COVID-19 Vaccinations will be provided on site for event guests by Family Christian Health Center. South Side Help Center will provide HIV testing at the event.

The primary panel discussion, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, will center on Black women at the forefront of medicine. Dr. Lisa Green, CEO & Co-Founder of Family Christian Health Center will moderate the discussion between Dr. Patrice Harris, the first Black female President of the American Medical Association; Dr. Claudia Fegan, Chief Medical Officer at Cook County Health; Dr. Valeria Cohran, Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern School of Medicine; and Morinola Shobajo, medical student at UIC College of Medicine.

You Can Be a Doctor, the first breakout session, will be geared toward Black girls and young women interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Dr. Hareder McDowell, Community Psychologist & Author will moderate the discussion between Dr. LaMenta "Sweetie" Conway, Founder and Board President of I Am Abel; Dr. Eugenia Sanders, Pediatrician at Lawndale Christian Health Center; Dr. Bridgette Arnett, Neurologist; Dr. LaTasha Lee, Vice President of Social and Clinical Research, National Minority Quality Forum; Dr. Brittani James, Assistant Professor of Clinical and Community at UIHealth; and Dr. Brandi Jackson, Psychiatrist & Co-Founder of the Institute for Anti-Racism in Medicine, who are twin sisters.

The second breakout session will feature the staff of the Chicago Department of Public Health, who will discuss their groundbreaking report, The State of Health for Blacks in Chicago. Panelists will include: Dana Harper, Epidemiologist; Rachelle Paul-Brutus, Coordinator of Research and Evaluation; Blair Aikens, Epidemiologist; Donna Scrutchins, Public Health Administrator; and Yaa Simpson, Epidemiologist.

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