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2022 Geisel Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

16th Annual Geisel MLK Health Equity Celebration

 Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth – January 2022
Free and Open to the Public • All Events Will be Held Virtually over Zoom Webinar

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"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane."
- Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Statement of Purpose –

For this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, we focus on addressing historical and present-day race-based medicine and its harmful effects on communities of color. We center our efforts on systemic and institutional determinants of health. As we explore the root causes of inequitable health outcomes, we will gain the insight necessary to change them. In celebrating best practices and listening to community leaders, we can reimagine a future of healing.

Everyone is welcome to our virtual celebration at:


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ET

Documentary: Takeover*

Facilitator: Linda Villarosa, Associate Professor, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY

On July 14, 1970, members of the Young Lords took over Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. Among their demands? Accessible, quality health care for all.

Linda Villarosa is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and associate professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.



9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ET

Tackling Social Determinants of Health as a Means of Improving Health Outcomes in Low-Income and Minority Populations*

Presenter: Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, Faculty Affiliate, Institute of Integrative Conservation and Co-Director, Center for African Development, Global Research Institute, William and Mary

The presentation will use COVID-19 as an example of how the interrelated social determinants of health work to increase rates of both non-communicable and communicable diseases in minority populations across the country.  She will also look at solutions that focus on these social determinants at the community level and propose other solutions that will require political will.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET

Run and Not Be Weary: A Journey of Courage, Tenacity, Faith, and a Little Science*

Presenter: Carol McGruder, Co-Chair African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council

The public health fight against the Tobacco Industry has always been a David and Goliath battle but never more so than for African Americans.  The relentless and pernicious Tobacco Industry targeting of the Black community with mentholated cigarettes combined with the benign neglect of the very institutions charged with their protection culminate in 45,000 Black deaths each year from tobacco-induced diseases.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Reclaiming Indigenous Health: Embracing Traditional Values, Culture, and History in Cancer Efforts*

Presenter: Wyatt Pickner - Hunkpati Dakota, MPH, Research Manager, American Indian Cancer Foundation

Cancer prevention, treatment, care, and survivorship must be rooted in the values, practices and history of our communities. This presentation will provide background on the cancer inequities Indigenous people are faced with and the approach the American Indian Cancer Foundation uses to reclaim Indigenous health.

Noon ET - 1:10 PM ET

Break with Performances by Aseemkala and Music Provided by DJ Sean

Special Thanks to Aseemkala Performers: Rhoda Moise, Isha Parupudi, Leila Mire, Shilpa Darivemula, and Sophia Salingaros

Rescheduled for 12noon ET on January 22, 2022- Fundraising Walk to Support the Abenaki Food Pantry (

  • Join us for a walk around Occom Pond in support of the Abenaki food pantry in Swanton, VT. We will leave from the Dartmouth Outing Club.
  • Noon, Saturday, January 22nd

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM ET

Ending the Legacy of Racism in Medicine*

Presenter: Dorothy Roberts, 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor; George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology; Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School; Inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights; University of Pennsylvania

False biological concepts of race, structural racism, and racial bias all contribute to racial inequities in health.  By understanding how racism has helped to structure medical knowledge, practice, and policies, we can end this backward legacy and collectively build a more equitable and healthier society.

Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School, where she is the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is also the founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on race, gender, and class inequities in U.S. institutions and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive freedom, child welfare, and bioethics. She is the author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997/Vintage, 2017), Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2001), and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2011), as well as co-editor of six books. She has also published more than 100 articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including the 2019 Foreword to Harvard Law Review’s Supreme Court issue, “Abolition Constitutionalism.” 

Roberts’s research has been supported by fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Brocher Foundation, Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions, Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Northwestern Institute for Policy Research, and the Fulbright Program. She has served on the boards of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, and the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and on the advisory boards of the Center for Genetics and Society, Generations Ahead, and Still She Rises. Recent recognitions of her work include 2019 New Voices for Reproductive Justice Voice of Vision Award; 2019 Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rutgers University-Newark; 2017 election to the National Academy of Medicine; 2016 Tanner Lectures on Human Values; 2016 Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement Award; 2016 Harvard Women’s Law Association “Women Inspiring Change;” 2015 American Psychiatric Association Solomon Carter Fuller Award; and 2011 election as a Hastings Center Fellow. Her TEDTalk, “The Problem with Race-Based Medicine,” has more than one million views. Roberts is currently writing a book on abolishing the family policing system. 

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM ET

The Intersection of Racism and Race-based Medical Decision Making in Medical Education*

Presenter: Bonzo Reddick, MD MPH; Chair and Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine

The two main themes of the talk are: Teaching race-based medical decision making & a social determinants of health approach to healthcare are diametrically opposed, and, paradoxically, while rethinking race-based medicine, we can use biological determinants of health to reinforce the importance of social determinants of health.

3:15 PM ET - Break

3:20 PM - 4:20 PM ET

A Practical Approach to Considering Race in Primary Care Delivery*

Presenter: Matthew Mackwood MD MPH; Family Physician and Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine

The burdens of evidence-based medicine are massive, and critical analysis and contextualization of what we learn from research is essential to providing high-quality, equitable care. In this talk I will aim to briefly outline a pragmatic approach to looking at literature in the context of the individual patient in front of us and to consider just how much, if at all, race should factor in to medical recommendations and approaches to care.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

How Racism Drives Homelessness*

Presenter: Judge (Ret.) Sonja Spears, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program


Sponsored by the Dartmouth College Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity, The Dartmouth Institute, Geisel Student Government, The Center for Global Health Equity, The Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Department of Medicine, and the Geisel Office for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement.

*These activities have been approved for CMEs/CNEs.

* Learning Outcome:

At the conclusion of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to discuss race-based medicine through the presentation of one example of racism in medicine, in order to provide a background for the necessary improvement of best practice to better address the overall problem of discrimination in healthcare.

* Accreditation:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity carries 8.5 contact hours.

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