This lecture will focus on COVID-19, health care disparities, vaccine education, and what individuals can do to aid in community response and recovery. The presentation will be led by Dr. Karriem S. Watson from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and the UI Cancer Center, Community Health Sciences, and Durand “Rudy” Macklin from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Watson will begin the seminar with a presentation on healthcare disparities that have been highlighted because of COVID-19 and share his experience as a community health specialist in Chicago during the pandemic. Macklin will follow with a presentation on Louisiana’s efforts to address healthcare disparities during not only the pandemic but also natural disaster recovery. Macklin will also share what has been learned about these recoveries and what everyone can do to help.
Discussion will be moderated by series organizers Dr. Mary Caldorera-Moore and Newman, along with Devonia Love-Vaughn, Dean of Inclusion Initiatives and Student Success; Dr. Jeremy Mhire, Associate Professor, School of History and Social Science; and special alumni guest Dr. John H. Stewart, IV, MD, MBA, Physician Executive for Oncology Services for the University of Illinois Health System.