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

Health Equity and Anti-racism Talks (HEART)

April 6, 2023
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This is an online program that will be streamed via OHSU's YouTube Live channel. Learn more here and register to receive the live-stream link here.

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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.

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.