Health Equity and Anti-racism Talks (HEART)

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The HEART series is a new institutional race, equity and inclusion speaker series at OHSU funded by a grant through the Racial Equity and Inclusion Funding Opportunity sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and Educational Improvement and Innovation. The planning committee is a collaboration of volunteers from OHSU Health Services, Clinical Psychology, Dermatology, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and Research & Innovation.

This online lecture series will provide opportunities for OHSU members to learn about the role that systems of oppression have in creating inequitable social structures. The quarterly virtual lectures will touch on a variety of related topics in order to start and continue conversations about health equity and anti-racism.

Accreditation: OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Registration is required to claim credit.

Black Children and Youth with Special Health Needs: Families Navigate Oregon’s Broken Systems

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Thursday, April 6, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Sheila Harris, community member and parent
Tia Moore, community member and parent
Laurie Palmer, community gun violence activist and parent
Pastor Marcia Taylor, executive director, Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation
Mortuma Murry, D.N.P., pediatric to adult healthcare transition provider, OHSU

Moderated by Lydia Dennehy, parent partner and resource specialist, Oregon Family-to-Family Health Information Center at OHSU

The final talk of the 2022-2023 HEART series will feature a panel conversation with parents, community activitists and leaders, and healthcare professionals to discuss the layered experiences of Black families when they walk into a health care or other systems setting with their child of special needs. This discussion will explore both some of the barriers they face in receiving care and services, as well as the work-arounds that Black and other underrepresented families have gone through in order to get the needed care.

This conversation is brought in partnership with Family Voices, a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities, as well as with Oregon Family-to-Family Health Information Center at OHSU.

Past Talks

Indigenous Research and Action in Canadian Healthcare: Stories of Progress and Knowledge Generated

Feb. 28, 2023, noon - 1 p.m.

Lyndon (Lindsay) Crowshoe, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Department of Family Medicine & Indigenous, Local and Global Health Office
University of Calgary, Canada

Adam Murry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Calgary, Canada

In this dynamic conversation, Lynden (Lindsay) Crowshoe, M.D., and Adam Murry, Ph.D., will talk about their work and research in healthcare. Dr. Crowshoe's 30+ years of experience and diverse outputs will showcase some of the tensions, challenges, possibilities, and lessons learned in the work to decolonize primary care delivery. Dr. Murry joins the conversation as an organizational psychologist, whose evaluation research in Indigenous health networks helps to identify actions and attitudes that support Indigenous patients and students in healthcare education.

Dr. Crowshoe is a Blackfoot primary care physician and researcher, member of the Piikani First Nation, Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean Indigenous Health at the University of Calgary (UC) Cumming School of Medicine (CSM). He has experience leading provincial, national and international research teams focusing on primary care, public health and health education.  In research, he brings together and bridges multiple disciplines of knowledge including health, clinical, social sciences, professional health education and Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Dr. Murry (Apache) is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary where he runs the Indigenous Organizations and Communities Development Research lab. He is co-principal investigator for the Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) network and Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) in Canada, and conducts research on Indigenous employment, mentorship, allyship,  education, Indigenous studies, substance use, mental health, sustainability, and ministry. Dr. Murry has multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, serves on several diversity and Indigenous-specific committees, and consults with both the non-profit and Tribal sector.

Navigating the Noise: Abortion Politics, Equity and Ethics

Dec. 7, 2022, noon - 1 p.m.

Alison Edelman, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, OB/GYN, OHSU

Katie Watson, J.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education, and Ob/Gyn
Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Professor Watson will explore the underdiscussed racial justice, economic justice, and health equity impacts of abortion access. Professor Watson will argue that these historical and contemporary elements, plus the role safe and legal abortion plays in gender equity, make its preservation an ethical imperative in medicine.

Dr. Watson’s talk will be preceded by a brief introduction by Dr. Alison Edelman, professor of OB/GYN and Division Director of Complex Family Planning at OHSU. Dr. Edelman will briefly review the impact on abortion care with the reversal of Roe v Wade; providing context for what those changes mean for pregnant people nationally, in Oregon, and at OHSU.

A Cede at the Table: Relocating Power for Health Equity

Sept. 29, 2022 noon - 1 p.m.

Steffanie Roaché, M.S., LPC
Assistant Professor of Practice, Trauma Informed Oregon

Trauma Informed Oregon is a statewide collaborative aimed at preventing and ameliorating the impact of adverse experiences on children, adults and families. Trauma Informed Oregon works in partnership with providers, individuals with lived experience and families to promote and sustain trauma informed policies and practices across physical, mental and behavioral health systems and to disseminate promising strategies to support wellness and resilience.

At this lecture, Roaché presented the following learning objectives:

1) Explore ways a trauma-informed lens supports equity and inclusion.

2) Identify overlooked and commonly used behaviors/actions within systems that continue to exclude and devalue those most in need.

3) Outline ways to cede power back to people of color and cultures most affected by systematic oppression.

A recording of this lecture is available at request for OHSU members. Contact Kate Stout.