Signature Event

Racism is a Public Health Crisis-
Attacking the 2 Pandemics

Virtual Conference Series
Thursday, January 14th, 21st, and 28th, 2021

2020 brought a pivotal time in our shared history with two pandemics which presented symptoms related to ‘breathing’ that was responsible for unprecedented deaths. The first, coronavirus disease-2019 (also known as SARs-COV-2) hit like a fierce storm causing various levels of loss including lives and jobs and challenged our healthcare system which already presented inequities and vulnerabilities related to health disparities. Second systemic racism has been present for centuries but was forced to the forefront of our collective consciousness through events in Minnesota, Kentucky and right in our front door in Rochester, NY.

How do we move forward to heal our communities, boost our hurting economies and help our families thrive during a time when so much uncertainty has heightened issues related to Poverty, Social or Racial Justice, Education and Health Disparities which have become persistent and pervasive and remain top priorities for our communities? Now is the time to act and demand change in, power structures, policy and practices.  Collectively we must be intentional about lifting every voice to Promote Equity and Expect Change”.

From what has already been seen and heard, there is ample evidence to conclude that what happened to Mr. Prude reflects yet another systemic failure of mental health care and policing. These are failures we’ve seen far too many times in this country and they have deadly consequences at a disproportionate rate for people of color. Racism has once again proven to be a public health crisis!

This regional impactful conference will offer deliberate discussions and high-quality workshops that feature speakers with diverse expertise in the areas of service delivery, public policy, racial equity, economic development, evidenced based research, community organizing, social determinants, philanthropy, corporate responsibility, healthcare, trauma, lived experience/human centered design, education and more.  This is unique opportunity will convene business and community leaders, providers, consumers and stakeholders to offer strategies to improve community outcomes and offer equal opportunity for all.

For more information on sponsorship and partnership opportunities please contact Sonjia-Edwards Miller at (585) 325-5116, ext. 4110 or via email at SEdwards@abcinfo.org.

Mark your calendars for this action focused series aimed to set the pace for 2021.

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