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2021 Symposium Information & Materials

The 2021 symposium was held Thursday, March 11 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with the theme Partnerships in Action: Collectively Achieving Racial Equity to Improve the Health of Our Community.

Symposium Materials for Download

Symposium Schedule

Welcoming Remarks – 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Speakers: Dr. Cheryll Bowers-Stephens – Healthy Blue Performance Medical Director, Shelina Davis – Louisiana Public Health Institute CEO, Dr. Kathleen Kennedy – Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy Professor and Dean, Dr. Courtney Phillips – Louisiana Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Christy Valentine – Healthy Blue Plan President
Moderator: Kathy Victorian – Healthy Blue Medicaid Territory Marketing Manager

Opening Plenary Session – 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session Topic: “Make Me Do It.”: FDR’s Advice to A. Philip Randolph and Us
Speaker: Dr. Mindy Fullilove, The New School Professor of Urban Policy and Health
Moderator: Tiffany Netters, Louisiana Public Health Institute Director of Policy & Equity

Session Description: As local, state, and national leaders, including the American Public Health Association and the American Medical Association, declare racism a public health crisis, the movement to advance racial equity and justice must be followed by allocation of resources and strategic action to improve health for all. Explore the underpinnings of how social and environmental factors affect the health of communities and how collective action can address these disparities across different sectors. Discuss implicit bias as a barrier to health care and how we address it.

Break – 10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Please note: All morning track sessions are repeated in the afternoon track.

Morning Track – 10:40 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

TRACK 1A – TOPIC: Breaking the Poverty Cycle to Achieve Economic Security and Better Health
Speakers: Nicole Jolly
– Urban League of Louisiana Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Assistant to the President, Andreanecia M. Morris – GNO Housing Alliance and Housing NOLA Executive Director, Dr. Andre Perry – Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program Senior Fellow
Moderator: Robert Blue – Healthy Blue Tribal Liaison


Session Description:
In this session, we will explore the detrimental impacts of the poverty cycle on community health. A person’s access to financial resources affects everything – where they live, educational options, and access to meaningful employment. Panelists will share insights on the correlation between racial and economic disparities as they relate to health outcomes. We will discuss solutions aimed to dismantle race-based policies that have been passed over the years and rebuild equitable systems (like housing) that support health in communities. 

TRACK 2A – TOPIC: Reforming Systems of Education and Incarceration to Improve Louisianan’s Quality of Living
Speakers: Maryam Henderson-Uloho
– SisterHearts Thrift Store CEO, Jee Park – Innocence Project New Orleans Executive Director, Bruce Reilly – Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) Deputy Director, Will Snowden – Vera Institute of Justice’s New Orleans Office Director
Moderator: Lisa Ellsworth
– Healthy Blue Community Relations Representative

Session Description: This session will examine the intersection of mental health, the education system, and the entrenched system of mass incarceration at a local and state level. Mass incarceration exacerbates many facets of this country’s divides – in income and health, access to justice, and over race. Learn how community leaders in the education and justice field are working on various reforms that address systemic oppression. Examples of collaborations with local government and community organizations will be shared.

TRACK 3A – TOPIC: Achieving Health Equity and Racial Health though Health Care Transformation
Speakers: Gerrelda Davis
– Louisiana Primary Care Association Executive Director, Charlotte Parent – University Medical Center New Orleans Vice President of Business Development, Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood – Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research Medical Director, Dr. Denese Shervington – Tulane University School of Medicine Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) President and CEO
Moderator: Thom Hart – Anthem Disability Policy Engagement Director

Session Description: In this session, panelists will share insights on public health efforts that explore the intersection of race and access to quality health care. Accountability, data, and leadership are critical to addressing race-based disparities in healthcare outcomes.


Break – 11:40 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

Please note: All morning track sessions are repeated in the afternoon track.

Afternoon Track – 11:50 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

TRACK 1B – TOPIC: Breaking the Poverty Cycle to Achieve Economic Security and Better Health
Speakers: Nicole Jolly
– Urban League of Louisiana Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Assistant to the President, Andreanecia M. Morris – GNO Housing Alliance and Housing NOLA Executive Director, Dr. Andre Perry – Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program Senior Fellow
Moderator: Robert Blue – Healthy Blue Tribal Liaison


Session Description:
In this session, we will explore the detrimental impacts of the poverty cycle on community health. A person’s access to financial resources affects everything – where they live, educational options, and access to meaningful employment. Panelists will share insights on the correlation between racial and economic disparities as they relate to health outcomes. We will discuss solutions aimed to dismantle race-based policies that have been passed over the years and rebuild equitable systems (like housing) that support health in communities.

TRACK 2B – TOPIC: Reforming Systems of Education and Incarceration to Improve Louisianan’s Quality of Living
Speakers: Maryam Henderson-Uloho
– SisterHearts Thrift Store CEO, Jee Park – Innocence Project New Orleans Executive Director, Bruce Reilly – Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) Deputy Director, Will Snowden – Vera Institute of Justice’s New Orleans Office Director
Moderator: Lisa Ellsworth
– Healthy Blue Community Relations Representative

Session Description: This session will examine the intersection of mental health, the education system, and the entrenched system of mass incarceration at a local and state level. Mass incarceration exacerbates many facets of this country’s divides – in income and health, access to justice, and over race. Learn how community leaders in the education and justice field are working on various reforms that address systemic oppression. Examples of collaborations with local government and community organizations will be shared.

TRACK 3B – TOPIC: Achieving Health Equity and Racial Health though Health Care Transformation
Speakers: Gerrelda Davis
– Louisiana Primary Care Association Executive Director, Charlotte Parent – University Medical Center New Orleans Vice President of Business Development, Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood – Ochsner Xavier Institute for Health Equity and Research Medical Director, Dr. Denese Shervington – Tulane University School of Medicine Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) President and CEO
Moderator: Thom Hart – Anthem Disability Policy Engagement Director

Session Description:
In this session, panelists will share insights on public health efforts that explore the intersection of race and access to quality health care. Accountability, data, and leadership are critical to addressing race-based disparities in healthcare outcomes.

Break – 12:50 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.

Closing Plenary Session – 12:55 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
Session Topic: Call To Action for LA Health Equity
Speaker: Dr. Sandra Brown, Southern University College of Nursing and Allied Health Dean
Moderator: Sylvester Tumusiime, Louisiana Public Health Institute Informatics Manager

Session Description: At the Closing of the Symposium, we will summarize the knowledge gained through the earlier sessions, share excitement about next steps as a collective and culminate in a Call to Action for participants.

Program Closing – 1:25 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Cheryll Bowers-Stephens – Healthy Blue Performance Medical Director, Shelina Davis – Louisiana Public Health Institute Chief Executive Officer
Moderator: Kathy Victorian – Healthy Blue Medicaid Territory Marketing Manager