W.K. Kellogg Foundation: 5th annual National Day of Racial Healing

When:  Jan 19, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (ET)
On January 19th from Noon to 1:30 pm ET AIDPH, OPEN, and the APHA Oral Health Section as we host activities for a day of racial healing in the oral health community, aligned with the National Day of Racial Healing sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation.

1.5 Continuing education credits available

The oral health workforce in all sectors (e.g. nonprofit, academia, clinical, etc.) is still predominantly White, promulgating inequity in both workforce representation and health outcomes. BIPOC professionals also experience persistent discrimination in all sectors of the oral health community, creating trauma and inequity among our professional workforce. Knowing these disparities and lived experiences exist, how do we advance racial healing in the oral health community? Dr. Caswell Evans and Dr. Henrie Treadwell will participate in a panel discussion outlining the impact of racism on oral health disparities and the historic burden of oral disease that has been disproportionately experienced by BIPOC communities while elucidating opportunities for racial healing. As we pursue racial equity in oral health, it is important to understand that the responsibility of justice does not remain with one person, one group, or even one organization to drive this work. The responsibility belongs to all of us to participate in these honest, powerful, and moving experiences, and pursue this journey together. Through racial healing, we can all forge deep, meaningful relationships, lay the groundwork to transform broken systems, and create a world in which, together, we are a new force for positive change. Following the panel discussion, attendees will engage in small group breakout sessions focusing on racial healing in the oral health community and how to take action.