Field Epidemiology

African American History for Health Care Providers

Originally presented on October 19, 2015

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, Hon AIANY
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences,
Columbia University Medical Center
Research Psychiatrist II,
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove will examine the history of the African American people, with a particular focus on the unceasing struggle for full equality.  Beginning with the oppression of slavery, continued in the inequality enforced by Jim Crow, and now confronted by the horrors of serial forced displacement, African Americans have utilized every tool at their disposal to gain their rights and assert their humanity.  This lecture will review challenges and responses, using film, music, photographs and original documents. It will give health care providers a sound foundation for considering the structural and cultural issues African Americans face in managing excess risk for many diseases. 

About the Speaker:
Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove studies the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, rebuilding, segregation, urban renewal, and mismanaged toxins. She has published numerous articles and six books including "Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities," and "Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It," and "House of Joshua : Meditations on Family and Place."

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the differences among chattel slavery, Jim Crow and serial forced displacement
  • Identify interventions in the social determinants of health that have caused disease rates to fall
  • Recognize three things that happen to communities in the face of repeated upheaval
  • Name the most effective type of strategy for rebuilding communities

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