Racism: In Sickness and in Health: The 3rd Annual Parren Mitchell Symposium

Wednesday, April 27, 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park

Speakers include Dr. Stephen Thomas and Dr. David Chae.

The Parren Mitchell Symposium is an annual event which honors the legacy of Congressman Parren Mitchell, the first African American man to receive a graduate degree from the University of Maryland. Mitchell received an MA in sociology in 1952 after suing the University to gain admission, and he served in Congress from January 1971 to 1987.

This year's symposium is entitled "Racism: In Sickness and In Health" and will feature scholars, researchers, and health activists in a dialogue about racial health disparities and strategies to address disparate health outcomes. 

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“50 Years Later – President Johnson’s Commencement Speech at Howard: The State of African-American Families”

Tue Jun 9, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Howard University School of Law 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 Houston Hall, Building 355 on the "B" Level

Please join the National Collaborative for Health Equity, the Howard University School of Social Work and School of Law - for a forum to highlight the significant accomplishments and resilience of African-American men and Black families.

On June 4, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson delivered an historic speech at the Howard University commencement, in which he praised civil right movements but lamented the collapse of the Black family resulting from the legacy of slavery, injustice, and racism.  Today, the White House “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative and other efforts seek to increase understanding of the contextual, institutional, and historical forces that shape the life opportunities of boys and men of color (BMoC). 
In support of these efforts, the National Collaborative for Health Equity is working to change the narrative of risk and blame regarding African-American men, and to seek a more optimistic narrative highlighting the significant accomplishments and resilience of African-American men and Black families.  To that end, and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s historic address, this forum will spark discussion of the historical and contemporary factors that have helped shaped the dynamics of Black families.  The forum will feature leading activists, researchers, and policymakers.

Click here for full agenda and to register for this event​​

“Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: How Innovative Cultural Tailoring can Help Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities”

Thu Mar 5 at 4:30 pm
Location: Kelley Lecture Hall

Jenny Lenkowski, assistant professor of biology, will be hosting a talk with Dr. Stephen Thomas, an expert on race and health disparities from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. Thomas is a professor of health services administration and the director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity.

To register, click on link below.


M-CHE team at  2014 APHA Annual Meeting in New Orleans

November 16-19, 2014
Location: New Orleans

Faculty and students from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, as well as those from other disciplines on the College Park campus, including extension, will present scientific papers and posters at the 2014 APHA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, November 16-19. ASPPH will host a limited number of sessions at APHA in November 2014 as they transition to a standalone ASPPH Annual Meeting to be held in March 2015.
For more information, click here

Wednesday,  October 8,
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location: Maryland Center for Health Equity Conference Room, 3rd Floor, SPH


Featured Speaker:
Dr. Craig S. Fryer
Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health
Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity   

Please join us for a presentation and interactive discussion regarding “Smoke What?”: The Intersection of Tobacco and Marijuana Use among Urban Youth”​. more>>>

To download flyer of event, click here

Health Across Borders: Migration, Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in a Global Age

Thu Sep 18 - Fri Sep 19,
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Atrium of the Stamp Student Union, UMD

The Center for the History of the New America and the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland will co-host a conference exploring the connections between migration, race, disease, and public health. Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, will be the keynote speaker. more>>>

Collegium of Scholar Events

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Maryland Center for Health Equity Conference Room, 3rd Floor, SPH

Please join us for a presentation and interactive discussion regarding   "Health Issues among Mexican Guest Workers: an Historical Examination of the Bracero Program".

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Chantel Rodriguez
Miller Fellow in History
Department of History, University of Maryland

To download flyer of event, click here


Drum your way into History !

Help Us Set a New Guinness World Record!

April 26, 2014, 12:00-3:30pm

Location : Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland

Join this once-in-a-lifetime experience to promote health equity through the beat of the drum: On Maryland Day, April 26, 2014, the Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) in collaboration with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will recruit 1,400 participants to break the Guinness World Record of the largest hand drum ensemble. The record attempt is based on the current largest hand drum ensemble of 1,331 participants playing dolu drums at an event in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India on May 6, 2012.

To download flyer, click here 

To download postcard, click here