Tulane task force to hold conference on black women’s health

June 10, 2014

Barri Bronston
Phone: 504-314-7444

The Black Women’s Health Task Force at Tulane University will hold its second Biennial Black Women’s Health Conference June 13–14 at the Hampton Inn & Suites-Convention Center in New Orleans.

The theme of the conference is “Violence, Trauma, Resilience, Recovery: Factors in Black Women’s Health.” Geared to practitioners, academics, community activists and the community at large, the conference aims to raise awareness of health-related issues that disproportionately impact black women and girls.

This year’s conference includes a youth workshop led by Dr. Takeisha Charles Davis, who will address intimate partner violence among youth ages 13 to 17, and a keynote luncheon speech by Dorothy Roberts, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an acclaimed scholar of gender, race and the law.

Roberts, whose research focuses on public health, bioethics and social justice, is the author of five books, including Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-Create Race in the 21st Century and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproductions and the Meaning of Liberty. Davis is medical director for the Louisiana Office of Public Health.

Although the conference will focus on black women’s health, it “is relevant to all people, regardless of race and gender/sex,” said Nghana Lewis, a Tulane associate professor of English and conference chairwoman.

“The health and well being of black women play vital roles in the overall health and well being of the families black women raise and the communities in which black women live and work everyday,” she said.

Among the topics that will be addressed are racial disparities in infant mortality, maternal and infant health disparities, racism-based stress for pregnant African American women, familial sexual abuse, and black girls and the juvenile justice system. Continuing education credits are available for lawyers, social workers and counselors in attendance. For more information about the conference, visit




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