Tulane Conference Explores Black Women's Health

February 9, 2012

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

Tulane University will host the Black Women's Health Conference on Feb. 24 & Feb. 25

Tulane University will host the Black Women’s Health Conference 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 24 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 25 in the Josephine Louise Ballroom and Rogers Memorial Chapel. Registration, free and open to the public, begins at 10 a.m., Feb. 24 and 8 a.m., Feb. 25 at Rogers Memorial Chapel.

The conference seeks to increase knowledge of health issues that disproportionately affect black females, including diabetes, environmental toxins, infant mortality, heart disease, mental illness and HIV/AIDS. It will also feature an exhibit on sex crimes and discussion of media representations of black females.

Presenters include: Dr. Takeisha Charles Davis, director of the Center for Community Health and medical director and assistant state health officer for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital’s Office of Public Health; Dr. Linda Raye Murray, president of the American Public Health Association; Joan Morgan, cultural critic and author; Dr. Kimberly Chandler, assistant professor of communication studies at Xavier University; Dr. Mia Harris, physician with the L.B. Landry Community Clinic; Dr. Carolyn Johnson, Usdin Family Professor in Community Health Sciences at Tulane; Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, professor and chair of Tulane’s Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences; Deon Haywood, executive director of Women with a Vision; Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, founding director of the Birthing Project; Denese Shervington, founder and president of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies; and Chris Sylvain, host of Health Issues 2010.

Sponsored by Tulane’s Program for African and African Diaspora Studies, the Louise and Leonard Riggio Professorship in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Endowment, the Newcomb College Institute, the Daspit Women in Science fund, the Anna Julia Cooper Project, the Sistah Circle, the Black Student Union at Tulane, the Mary Amelia Women’s Health Education Center, the Institute of Women & Ethic Studies, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Department, Tulane’s Black Faculty and Staff Association and Xavier’s Communication Studies Program.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000