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"Esparza, Julia M." <[log in to unmask]>
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I know this is on Zoom but it is in the evening anyway so if interested you could use a smart phone or watch on a computer at home.  I still thought I would share this for those who might have an interest.  Sorry for crossposting (posted to AAMLA, Health Disparities, HLS, and Medlib-L).   Feel free to share with anyone else who might find it interesting.


Julia M. Esparza, MLS, AHIP
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Stafford and Marianne Comegys Endowed Professor in Medical Library Science
Professor, Department of Medical Library Science/Health Science Library
LSU Health - Shreveport
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From: Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of LA CaTS Center
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Subject: REGISTER - Virtual Panel (April 29th) - The Truth Exposed: The Effects of COVID-19 & Being Black in America

Dear LA CaTS Community,

The Xavier College of Pharmacy's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education will be co-hosting a virtual panel discussion with the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit on what COVID-19 has exposed about health disparities impacting the Black community. Please register below to join us on Wednesday, April 29th at 5:30 pm and be sure to offer questions/discussion topics you'd like the panel to address when registering. Also, please share the below information with your network.

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Join us Wednesday, April 29th at 5:30 for a panel discussion about the impacts of COVID-19 on the Black community.


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[]Rep. Royce Duplessis was elected to serve the people of Louisiana House District 93 in 2018, where he serves on the Ways and Means, Criminal Justice, Labor & Industrial Relations, and the House Executive Committees. District 93 includes the Central Business District, Warehouse District, French Quarter, Lower Garden District, Central City, Lower Mid-City, Tremé, 7th Ward, and St. Roch neighborhoods. Royce has been actively involved with and recognized for his outstanding leadership by: Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee, New Leaders Council, Xavier University of Louisiana's 40 Under 40, Education Leadership Institute, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, and Tulane's Early Childhood Policy Leadership Institute.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Rep. Duplessis poured himself into rebuilding his community by serving as Chief of Staff to former New Orleans Councilman James Carter. While attending Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C. he founded the Howard Energy and Environmental Law Society, focusing on environmental justice. Royce Returned home to practice law in 2011, and in 2014, Royce was hired by Chief Justice Bernette Johnson to serve as Special Counsel for the Louisiana Supreme Court, where he specialized in judicial administration and criminal justice reform policy. As Chairman of the New Orleans City Planning Commission, Royce fought for progressive zoning policies that also preserve the character of New Orleans' historic neighborhoods. Royce owns and operates his own small business, Duplessis Law firm LLC, focusing on civil litigation. Royce and his wife Krystle Ferbos Duplessis, Esq. are proud residents of Central City.

[]Dr. Esteban Gershanik is a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and at Children's Hospital of New Orleans.  He previously served as Chief Information Officer, Health Informatics Director, and Medical Consultant for the Louisiana Department of Health and recently returned to New Orleans to open and manage the COVID-19 drive through testing and Medical Monitoring Station at the Convention Center with the health department and national guard while also serving on the Brigham Health COVID-19 Equity, Diversity, and Community Health Response Team.

He grew up and still lives part-time in New Orleans, was an inaugural member of the master in medical science degree in clinical informatics from Harvard Medical School as a National Library of Medicine Fellow, received his medical and master of public health in health systems management degree from Tulane University, and received his undergraduate degree from Emory University.  He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Hospital Medicine, has served as faculty at MIT, Tulane Schools of Medicine and Public Health, LSU Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and continues as a member at Ariadne labs and Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

[]Dr. Torrie T. Harris, MPH is the Health & Equity Strategist for the New Orleans Health Department. And also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, in the Public Health Sciences Department, teaching Master of Public Health students. In her role as Equity Strategist she works to incorporate a racial equity framework into the structure and function of all programs of the Health Department and also oversees the Department's Trauma-Informed Schools Collaborative working with community partners to train school administrators and counselors makes schools safe spaces for children and communities. Dr. Harris has dedicated her 20 year career in public health to addressing health disparities, community development and community organizing. She is involved with a number of community coalitions to empower communities to advocate for their own health and to encourage economic opportunity, including: Making Connections, a black men and boys mental health project funded by the Prevention Institute, and Xavier University's La. Clinical And Translational Science Center Community Advisory Committee. Dr. Harris' primary career goal is to undo racism within the public health and healthcare systems to assure equitable health outcomes for all people.

Dr. Harris has previously held roles as Assistant Professor at Dillard University in the Dept. of Public Health. She most recently served as the Director of Community Health with the Louisiana Public Health Institute where her primary responsibilities included advocating for policies related to chronic disease, health system optimization, and community outreach and engagement. Dr. Harris also served as the Director for LA Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and successfully advocated for the implementation of smoke-free policies in West Monroe and Ouachita Parishes and tobacco- free laws for public colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana. Dr. Harris is credited with developing the Louisiana Statewide Healthy Communities Coalition, which was established to assure a local and community level focus on health disparities in access to healthy foods, primary care, and physical activity. She was recognized for her commitment to equity and community health and was awarded a Trailblazer Award by the Kentucky Health Equity Network, while serving as the inaugural Director for the Office of Health Equity with the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Assistant Professor of Health Systems Management at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health.

[]Dr. Kathleen B. Kennedy earned the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed an American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists accredited residency in Pharmacy Practice at the University of California Hospitals and Clinics. She completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in 2004 and the Leadership Fellows Program with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in 2006. In 2004, Dr. Kennedy received the Malcolm Ellington Professor of Health Disparities Research Endowed Professorship and was appointed Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE) where she served until January of 2009. As the Director of the Center, she provided leadership in the development of the research infrastructure necessary to support health disparities research, education and training in the College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kennedy's research has been in the area of behavior modification and cultural competence and as such she led the incorporation of cultural competency training in the Pharmacy curriculum.  In 2007, Dr. Kennedy organized the first national health disparities conference for mid-level health care professionals to address the successful translation of research into effective models of practice to impact policy and change behaviors in the broader community. This conference continues annually. In July 2011, she and two of her colleagues received the highest award presented by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (the Rufus A. Lyman award) for a publication on the use of an instrument to assess the perceived level of cultural competence of students in order to guide curriculum development. Her research continues in the area of Community Engagement and Community-Based Participatory Research. In May 2015, Dr. Kennedy was selected as a recipient of the University of California 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award. In April of 2018, she was selected to receive the Distinguished Alumnus of the year award from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Kennedy was appointed Dean of the College of Pharmacy in May 2010 and was recently appointed to Governor John Bel Edwards' Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Currently she serves as a member of several non-profit organizations including Chair of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the American Heart Association, Chair of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Chair of Forward Together New Orleans and Chair-elect of the Louisiana Public Health Institute. She is also a member of the board of Notre Dame Health System and Notre Dame Seminary. In 2018, she served as Co-Chair of the Transition Team for the Mayor-Elect of the city of New Orleans.  She is an active member of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

[]Andreanecia M. Morris serves as the Executive Director for HousingNOLA, a 10-year public private partnership working to end New Orleans' affordable housing crisis. The 10-year Strategy and Implementation Plan indicates the need for 33,600 affordable housing opportunities by 2025.  Morris has spent her career working to create affordable housing in Metro New Orleans.  Post Katrina, she implemented programs that created 500 first-time homebuyers, secured $104.5 million soft second subsidy for Metro New Orleans and provided supportive services for approximately 5,000 households-homeowners who were struggling to rebuild and renters who required wrap around services. Morris was lead organizer for the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) when it started in 2007 and, since its incorporation in 2012 as a regional housing alliance, Morris has served as GNOHA's Chair.

In 2016, BIZ New Orleans Magazine named Morris one of the Top 10 Influencers in Real Estate. Gambit Weekly named Morris New Orleanian of the Year for her role in HousingNOLA's historic efforts in 2017.  In celebration of New Orleans' historic tricentennial anniversary in 2018, JPMorgan Chase partnered with to name Morris one of 12 "Icons of New Orleans" as part of its 300 for 300 campaign.

[]Dr. Daniel F. Sarpong, a trained biostatistician, is the Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education, Endowed Chair of Health Disparities and Professor of Biostatistics at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA).  He is also the Director of the Xavier RCMI Cancer Center Community Engagement Core and Director for Community Engagement and Outreach Resource (CEOR) of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LACaTS) Center. Dr. Sarpong currently serves on Governor John Bel Edwards' Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Health Disparities and Research Subcommittee. From 2000 to 2013 at Jackson State University, Dr. Sarpong held the following positions: Research Professor with the School of Health Sciences; Director, Co-Principal Investigator and Senior Biostatistician of the JHS Coordinating Center (JHSCC); and Director of Data Management, Quality Assurance, and Information Technology. Dr. Sarpong's research focuses on translational research exploring innovative approaches to mitigating both biological and social determinants of health disparities in the areas of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, cancer, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Professionally, Dr. Sarpong has served as a scientific reviewer for: American Health Association and International Society for Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research for conference abstracts, and  RCMI Annual Symposia, and Chaired the Abstract Committee for Xavier University College of Pharmacy Health Disparities Conferences. He has been a grant reviewer for: National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Cancer Society; and reviewer of scientific manuscripts for: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), American Heart Association, and AHA Journal on Stroke; and was  editorial board member for Ethnicity & Disease. Currently he is an associate editor of IJERPH, Frontiers Public Health and CDC Journal - Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD). Dr. Sarpong is the author of: over 85 scientific peered reviewed publications; Data Analysis Using SPSS: Visual Step-By-Step Process Manual One (Creative Force Publishing Company, 2016; ISBN: 978-0-9969873-9-4) and Pearls Of Wisdom: and The G.A.P.P. Principle For Success (Creative Force Publishing Company, 2017; ISBN: 978-0-996987-8-7).

[]David W. Robinson-Morris, PhD. is the founding Director of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana; Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling; and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in Xavier's Office of Institutional Advancement.

David is a social justice and human rights advocate, academic, and higher education fundraiser liaising with local, regional, and national foundations and corporations to meet the growing institutional and educational needs of the Xavier University of Louisiana community. He serves on a host of non-profit boards and committees across the country and within New Orleans.

He is also the author of Ubuntu and Buddhism in Higher Education: An Ontological (re)Thinking.

The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana is a vibrant and critical research, teaching, and public engagement space. The Center's mission is to engage, to support, and to promote innovative thinking in a multiplicity of contexts and across disciplines regarding race, class, systemic inequities; and a faith that does justice toward a better understanding of issues impacting modern societies and vexing the human spirit.

In keeping with the mission of Xavier, the Center organizes conferences, seminars, lectures, and community convenings that bring together relevant experts, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and community members with diverse interest and backgrounds.

We focus our energies on broadly impacting policy and practice within the areas of PK-16 educational equity, criminal justice reform, and environmental justice.





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