From Harare To Harlem, 400 Years Of Inequality: A Call To Action In Harlem

October 11, 2019

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of more than 20 Africans, from the Kongo and Ndongo Kingdoms in Angola, in Jamestown, Virginia. Upon their arrival, they were sold into bondage. The scars we still bear as a country from slavery, an institution that endured for centuries, are evident in countless facets of our society, including the significant health inequalities that persist throughout the United States.

We invite you to join us as we examine our past to chart our future, working towards the development of solutions, particularly those that impact health. In recognition of this anniversary, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is organizing a number of talks and events that will take place throughout the day on Monday, October 14 to educate and engage our community.

Below is an initial list of planned events. Please check our website in the coming weeks for more information as our agenda and speakers are finalized.

11:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Reception
Bard Hall Lounge, 50 Haven Plaza
Reflections, readings, and special performances by local groups Sing Harlem and Dance Project of Washington Heights.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Neighborhood Conversations
8th Floor Auditorium, Allan Rosenfield Building
Join faculty and community leaders to discuss public health issues that have significantly impacted our Washington Heights neighbors. Topics to include:

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Energy, Health, and Justice
Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Diana Hernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

Mass Incarceration
Jarrell E. Daniels, Program Manager, Justice Ambassadors Youth Council, Center For Justice at Columbia University
Patrick Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

4:00-5:30 p.m. Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health: An Ecology of Inequality
VEC 201, 104 Haven Avenue

Chandra Ford, PhD, MPH, MLIS
Director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health
University of California, Los Angeles

Harriet Washington
Author of Medical Apartheid

Raygine DiAquoi, EdD, Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences and Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion, Mailman School of Public Health

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Collective Recovery Room
10th Floor Student Lounge, Allan Rosenfield Building

Throughout the day the Mailman School will have a space where people can gather their thoughts and through materials in the room, leave reflections or commitments for action.

The organizer of 400 Years of Inequality: A Call to Action, Founded in 1922, the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation, and the world. The Columbia Mailman School is the seventh-largest recipient of NIH grants among schools of public health. Its nearly 300 multi-disciplinary faculty members work in more than 100 countries around the world, addressing such issues as preventing infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, maternal and child health, health policy, climate change, and health, and public health preparedness. It is a leader in public health education with more than 1,300 graduate students from 55 nations pursuing a variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs.

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Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 722 W 168th Street, New York, NY 10032,

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