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Our Lives Depend On it: A Dillard Symposium on COVID and Health Disparities

November 16-19, 2020

5-7 p.m. each day



MHHDRC COVID and Health Disparities Symposium


MHHDRC is pleased to present a thoughtful discussion of health equity issues during the COVID pandemic. Panels will talk about racial and economic health disparities and their effects on health outcomes during this crisis, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the United States and globally.


Each evening of the symposium we will host a different topic and set of speakers, and will include opportunities for discussion and engagement. 


Monday, November 16th

KEYNOTE and discussion with keynote speaker Dr. Earl “Nupsius” Benjamin-Robinson, Deputy Director of the Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity at the Louisiana Department of Health. Dr. Benjamin-Robinson will be in conversation with Dr. Amy Lesen of the Dillard University MHHDRC.


Tuesday, November 17th

Health, and Wellness in Gentilly and New Orleans: A COVID-Katrina comparison with Dr. Peter Fos and colleagues.


Wednesday, November 18th

Centering Students: An evening of student presentations and discussion about COVID and health disparities, organized by undergraduate students from the Dillard University Pre-Health Scholars Institute program.


Thursday, November 19th

COVID, Clinical practice, and Health Disparities with Kristi L. Anderson, Ph.D., Director, Graduate Medical Education, LSU School of Medicine, Lafayette Branch, and other panelists TBA. Dr. Anderson and fellow panelists will be in conversation with Dr. Amy Lesen of the Dillard University MHHDRC.






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New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

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