Black and Latinx Community Control of Health group to host 3rd annual symposium
The group known as the Black and Latinx Community Control of Health will hold the symposium in commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
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The community health group Black and Latinx Community Control of Health is seeking to bring awareness to the deadly health outcomes within Black and Latinx communities.
The group hopes to dismantle systems of racism, bias and discrimination that historically have harmed Black and Latinx communities, utilizing an understanding of health, healthcare, economics, social engagement, and spirituality to do so.
Another goal is the empowering of Black and Latinx community members, urging individuals to be the “voice and stewards of healthy choices and lifestyles for our communities.”
To advocate, the group will be holding their third annual symposium on Saturday, Feb. 5.
The group will explore the positive health outcomes of having Black and Latinx medical professionals present within their communities.
“This year's discussion focuses on the impact of white authority and decision making in health matters and on health outcomes for Black and Latinx communities,” said the group in a statement.
The Black and Latinx Community Control of Health was founded by members of the communities the group advocates for.
The group is composed of intergenerational Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ individuals and community members committed to “unapologetic work for self-determination.”
Symposium speakers will include a number of impactful and notable figures and leaders:
- Keith Boykin, broadcaster, journalist, author, and political commentator
- Sam Rivera, executive director of the New York Harm Reduction Educators and Washington Heights Corner Project
- Ashley Coleman, director of GALAEI
- Michael Chancley, social worker, educator, writer, HIV advocate, and communications manager for PrEP4All
- Brandon Brooks, city research scientist for the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene
- Mike Hinson, president and COO of SELF, Inc.
- Viviana Ortiz, Harm Reduction Coordinator, Prevention Point Inclusion Coordinator
- Jose de Marco, founder of Black and Latinx Community Control of Health
- Moses Santana; Terry Young; Jasymn Henderson and Kendall Stephens as well as Black and Latinx Community Control of Health members and supporters
The symposium will in part be held in commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and Black History Month by offering a space for this discussion.
Today, within Black and Brown communities, new cases of COVID-19 and HIV persist at higher rates than white communities.
“Despite the coronavirus pandemic entering its second year—and the AIDS/HIV epidemics lasting for over four decades—both continue to wreak havoc on Black and Brown communities,” stated the group.
The symposium will be held remotely through Zoom, and will run from 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning until 3 p.m. EST.
The full schedule can be viewed below:
- 10:00 a.m.: Welcome by Founder Jose de Marco
- 10:10: Introduction of Speakers by Moderators Viviana Ortiz and Mike Hinson
- 10:20: Plenary Session featuring Keith Boykin, Brandon Brooks, Michael Chancley, Ashley Coleman and Sam Rivera.
- 11:15: Audience Questions
- 11:20: Break and Opening of Book Signing Room
- 11:35: Racism in HIV – Mike Hinson and Jose de Marco
- 12:30 p.m.: Breakout Groups — Recognizing your power and privilege. Are you able to [consider] Power? Are you able to equitably share power? (Accomplice or Allies white attendees only) / What could community control of HIV look like? How do we get there? (Black and Latinx attendees only)
- 12:45: Breakout groups reconvene and report back on ceding / equitable power sharing.
- 1:45: Terry Young and Michael Chancley, Viviana Ortiz and Moses Santana, Jasymn Henderson and Kendall Stephens (Latinx Control; Transitioning While Black)
- 2:15: Action Items and Next Steps
- 3:00: Symposium ends and social begins
The zoom link for the Black and Latinx Community Control of Health group's third annual symposium can be found here.
Attendees must register prior to the symposium.