Community Grand Rounds: Healing the Trauma of Racism

Launching in 2018 and concluding in 2020, Community Grand Rounds will host local and nationally-recognized speakers who will discuss the issues of health equity and population health. Speakers will address the health implications of severe psychological trauma and racism as well as the emerging science of epigenetics and social genomics. The event is designed for professionals in medicine, allied health fields, and social work as well as government leaders and community members.

Lynn Todman

Lynn Todman, PhD, Executive Director of Population Health, Lakeland Health

“Through the gift of art and this upcoming speaker series, our hope is that we will help foster a healing environment for people of all backgrounds both inside and outside our hospital”

In Berrien County, poor people, especially African Americans, experience high rates of the illness, identified as Priority Health Needs, in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. Data provided by the Berrien County Health Department finds blacks have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, stroke, and psychological distress when compared to whites. While these differences are attributable to poor access to resources required for good health such as healthy food, quality education, and safe housing, emerging science suggests that the experience of discrimination is strongly associated with health inequities.

Community Grand Rounds is a collaborative effort between Spectrum Health Lakeland and The Todman Family Foundation.

For any questions about the speaker series, please contact Meg Gallert at (269) 983-8267

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Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Structural Competency and Institutional Discrimination

Dr. David Williams discusses institutional discrimination, individual discrimination, and structural competency.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Recognizing and Preventing Implicit Bias

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on ways to recognize and prevent implicit bias.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Discrimination and Health Disparities

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on health inequities caused by racial discrimination.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Social Influences on Health

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on the distinctive social exposures linked to racial status.

Get Fit in the Mitt: Let's Battle

Battle Ropes work the whole body while moving weighted ropes in wave like motions with the arms.

Understanding the Health Consequences of Racism and What You Can Do About It

Listen as Dr. Williams provides an overview of the large and persistent socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in health.

Get Fit in the Mitt - Episode 18 - Kick Those Unhealthy Habits

Here in southwest Michigan people of all ages can participate in recreational soccer leagues year round.

Interview with Patricia Rush, MD, MBA

Dr. Patricia Rush discusses the impact of psychological trauma on the brain and on chronic disease and health inequities.

Moving Our Community Toward Health Equity: Overcoming the Trauma of Racism

Lakeland Health Program Director for Trauma-Informed Initiatives, Tasha Turner, MA, LLPC, and internal medicine physician, Pat Rush, MD, MBA. discuss the impact of trauma on the brain and how it affects our overall health and wellness.

Get Fit in the Mitt: Aerial Yoga

Learn to fly, and do many other yoga poses, on the aerial yoga hammocks available at The Collective.

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