Community Forum: Moving Towards a Racially Just and Equitable Health Research Enterprise

Date: Thursday, July, 2

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm via Zoom

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This Community Forum will include three short presentations that explore pathways to more racially just and equitable research practice by examining systematic/structural racism in research.

Presentations will focus on recommendations for next steps, followed by a facilitated discussion guided by the question: How can we transform research, with consideration for past and present experiences of racism and marginalization, towards an equitable, healthy, and safe future for everyone?

Moving Health Equity Forward in White Dominant Spaces Workshop

Date: Tuesday, June 30

Time: 12:30pm – 3:00pm

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Addressing health equity in white dominant spaces presents three specific challenges: understanding the status quo, raising the profile of the problem, and motivating action.
This workshop will focus on building an understanding of the issues involved and the opportunities related to making advances in health equity in white dominant spaces.

Understanding Health and Racial Equity Workshop

Date: Tuesday, June 30

Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

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This workshop for Pioneer Valley organizations, agencies, collaboratives, and town, city and county departments will examine health and racial equity with an action framework toward real change at the community level. Using real life examples, participants will explore strategies, ally (accomplice) development and upstream policy, systems and environmental change.

NINR Workshop – Genomic Response to the Social Environment: Implications for Health Outcomes

NINR will host this workshop on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00am EDT. The event is open to the public and registration is not required.

While it is long recognized that the social environment can influence the risk, manifestation, and trajectory of disease and associated symptoms, the underlying biological mechanisms remain understudied. This trans-disciplinary event will address the relationship among genomics (epigenomics, gene expression, microbiome, telomeres); social environmental factors; and health outcomes across populations, conditions, and the lifespan.

The full agenda and the link to the NIH videocast can be viewed here.

Challenges & Opportunities in Implementing Medication-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural and Mid-Sized County Jails

Date: Monday, June 29, 12:00pm-1:30pm

The O’Neill Institute’s Addiction and Public Policy Initiative, housed at Georgetown University Law Center, presents the above webinar featuring Franklin County MA Sheriff Christopher Donelan; Franklin County House of Corrections Medical Director, Ruth Potee, MD, and Brandon George, Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition. This virtual event will provide a deep dive into the challenges rural and mid-sized counties face in implementing medication-based treatment, as well as opportunities for reform. This interactive session will provide opportunities for state and county leadership to engage with experienced experts from the field on developing successful models, overcoming implementation hurdles, identifying funding, and successful approaches to training and buy-in.

This event is part of the O’Neill Institute’s Applying the Evidence roundtable series that will highlight best practices, challenges, and opportunities in implementing medication-based treatment in correctional facilities. Information on the other roundtables in the series and registration information can be found here.

Digital Divide Dialogue by Baystate Health

Baystate Health and the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts are hosting a virtual community conversation on western Massachusetts’ challenges and response to the digital divide.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm (EDT)
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There is an urgent need to tackle the sharp digital divide between our community’s online and offline populations, that has further been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The responsibility for addressing digital exclusion lies jointly with public and private organizations, who must come together to ensure that access to essential services isn’t denied to the digitally marginalized.

Inequalities are rooted in race/ethnicity, income and wealth, language and cultural differences, all of which accounts for disparities that intersect with access to education, healthcare, housing, and other social domains. One aspect of the disparity includes access and use of information and communication technology (ICT) and broadly, the concept of the digital divide. The term “digital divide” can be described as the mismatch between access to and use of ICT.

The sponsors request that participants complete a pre-event survey on your current understanding and perspective on the digital divide by Friday, May 22, 2020 to help guide the conversation.

Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine: Inaugural Webinar and Dialogue

Be part of the national launch of the Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine and their full report “Towards the Abolition of Biological Race in Medicine: Transforming Clinical Education, Research, and Practice”, by Noor Chadha, Madeleine Kane, Bernadette Lim, and Brenly Rowland.

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Making an Appeal for Equity and Access During COVID-19

Join Crystal Emery and a distinguished panel of public health experts and leaders promoting racial equity on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm for a screening of The Deadliest Disease in America.

Intended to reduce systemic negligence creating barriers of access to healthcare, Producer/Director Crystal R. Emery will live-stream her documentary film, The Deadliest Disease in America on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 7PM ET with a special film introduction by Broadcast Journalist, Soledad O’Brien followed by an interactive forum by policymakers, activists and medical professionals, in developing a strategy for change in the American healthcare.

“The multitude of inequities in our health care is an imbalance our society cannot sustain during these trying times,” explains filmmaker Crystal R. Emery.

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101st Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research

The next open session of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research (NACNR) will be held virtually on May 19, 2020 from 10:00am to 1:30pm ET. The public is welcome to view the open session virtually, and registration is not required.

The session will include presentations on the National Institute of General Medicine Strategic Planning Process and Tools and the National Institute of Nursing Research Strategic Planning Process and Portfolio Analysis.

The session can be viewed here. More details can be found here.

COVID-19 Research Community Forum

Want to learn about the latest COVID-19 research happening here at home?
Meet online with researchers from the four federally-funded Clinical and Translational Science programs in Massachusetts to hear about how they’re working together to protect us from COVID-19.

They will offer a Community Forum each week for the next month so you can be part of these important conversations. After the featured presentation, they will discuss the health equity concerns raised by community constituents.

The second Community Forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 4:00pm-5:00pm online via Zoom. It will be presented by Anastasia Khvorova, PhD, from the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Khvorova will present on RNA Therapeutics: Informational drugs as a Pandemic Response Tool. This talk will describe the development of siRNA-based approaches for modulation of COVID-19 in the lung in a three-month time frame.

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