Solidarity is a Verb: Voices from the HEAL Initiative

Add to Calendar 12/10/2020 18:30 12/10/2020 19:30 America/New_York Solidarity is a Verb: Voices from the HEAL Initiative An opportunity to learn about and celebrate the HEAL Initiative's critical work fighting for health equity in the US and around the world. [email protected] This Event is Virtual MM/DD/YYYY

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Since its founding in 2015, HEAL's two-year immersion fellowship program has built a community of over 150 healthcare professionals - over half of whom are from the Global South - working in 9 countries dedicated to serving the underserved as their lifelong choice. As the COVID crisis continues to surge around the world, the most vulnerable populations continue to be disproportionately affected, especially indigenous communities and communities of color. For the past five years, the HEAL Initiative (Health, Equity, Action, Leadership) has been working in the Navajo Nation, with 52 Native and non-Native health workers. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, HEAL and UCSF sent a total of 40 physicians and nurses to further support the surge of COVID-19, working across the 5 largest hospitals serving Navajo patients.

We must center the voices of the most impacted communities and health professionals if COVID is going to be a portal into a more just world. We hope you join us to hear from HEAL Fellows on equity, solidarity, and the ongoing injustice of health disparities in Navajo Nation and around the world.

"As frontline health professionals, we know that our work is deeply connected to the struggle for justice and equity being waged on streets throughout the world — the diseases we treat are too often caused and amplified by racism and oppression. If we want to heal the bodies of our patients, we cannot ignore the wounds in our society. As we respond to the pandemic of racism within our societies, it is essential that we continue to practice solidarity as an action — showing up with humility and without ego to stand with our communities and our patients to demand urgent change."
– Dr. Sri Shamasunder, HEAL Co-Founder

Date and Time
12/10/2020: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
This Event is Virtual
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