JANUARY 22, 2015 – This month marks the fifth anniversary of the student-led Minority Health Initiative Council (MHIC) at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.
MHIC is celebrating that milestone and their work to reduce health disparities and promote health through the inauguration of a guest lecture series.
Called “Leaders in Health Disparities,” the initiative will provide the students with an opportunity to gain critical insights about eliminating health inequalities from leaders in the field.
The series kicked off on January 16, 2015 with Karen Dale, MSN, RN, CS, executive director of AmeriHealth DC, who spoke in the “Health Care in America” class taught by Robin Goldenberg, MD, FAAP, adjunct professor of health systems administration.
Honoring King’s Legacy
MHIC was formed during a Martin Luther King Day reflection event back in 2010.
Brian Floyd, MS, assistant dean of academic affairs at the School of Nursing & Health Studies and MHIC’s staff advisor, began the celebration with recognizing the importance of King’s legacy in the council’s mission and history.
“Dr. King was not only a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement, but also a champion of health equity,” said Floyd, who advises the group alongside Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, interim chair of the Department of Nursing. “We founded the MHIC to honor his legacy and to join others in the important work to obtain health equity for all.”
The tradition of inviting minority health leaders to Georgetown began at MHIC’s inception. The group has continued to build successful partnerships, engage with local and national policymakers, and host events such as “Getting to Zero – World AIDS Day” and “Mission Nutrition.”
“We are hosting the lecture series to continue to build upon our accomplishments,” said Khadijah Davis (NHS’15), the council’s co-chair and a health care management & policy major, during an anniversary celebratory luncheon.
Davis, who will intern with AmeriHealth DC this semester, also announced the council’s newest partnership with AmeriHealth DC and invited Dale and Floyd to sign a memorandum of understanding to formalize it.
“Words cannot express our gratitude for this partnership,” sais Aspen McCoy (NHS’15), the council’s co-chair and a human science major. “We cannot wait until we receive our invitations for the 10th-year anniversary celebration.”
“Leaders in Health Disparities” lectures will conclude in April during National Minority Health Month.
Future speakers will include Tawara Goode, MA, director of the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, on February 6, 2015; Paul Monteiro, JD, director of AmeriCorps VISTA, on March 23, 2015; and Derrick C. Tabor, PhD, program director of the Center of Excellence Programs at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, on April 16, 2015.
By Masha Mikey (S’15)