Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm EDT
Date: April 28th, 2023
Join us for an interdisciplinary conversation between public health experts, disability activists, and scholars as they explore how ableism shapes the terrains of public health and medical research. The panelists will discuss which institutional barriers are obstructing disability equity, how disability interacts with race and gender, and why it’s time to adopt an anti-ableist research approach.
The late disability justice activist Stacey Milbern defined ableism as “a system of oppression that favors being able-bodied/able-minded at any cost, frequently at the expense of people with disabilities.” Note that one does not have to be disabled to experience ableism.
I also include some IG slides attached below and here is the alt text for them:
“All 7 slides are blue and white, with yellow accents. In the top-middle of each, there is a Brown University crest with ‘School of Public Health’ written beside it. In the top-left corner, there are 4 people moving to the left with their fists raised. One is in a wheelchair and 2 are holding yellow flags. The circular logo of ‘Disability Justice as Public Health’ is in the top-right corner. It is made up of the disability pride flag colors (blue, yellow, green, black and red). In it, 3 hands hold up a yellow light bulb that has the DJAPH acronym inside. The text on the 7 slides reads: DJAPH presents, ‘Anti-ableist Research in Public Health and Medicine’. Friday, April 28th, 12:00-1:30pm EST on Zoom. Join us for an interdisciplinary conversation between public health experts, disability activists and scholars as they explore how ableism shapes the terrains of public health and medicine. Our speakers will discuss the institutional barriers to health equity, how disability interacts with race and gender, and why it’s time to adopt an anti-ableist research approach. Meet our panelists: Cyrena Gawuga (she/her) is the Director of Research at the Preparedness and Treatment Equity Coalition (PTEC). At PTEC, Cyrena facilitates the design and implementation of initiatives that reduce health inequity in the healthcare system, particularly for Black, Latinx, and Native American communities. She completed a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at Brown University and serves as an advisory board member for organizations including the Lupus Foundation of America. Jen Soriano (she/they) is an award-winning writer, social movement strategist, and neurodivergent person living with mental illness and chronic pain. Jen’s forthcoming essay collection, Nervous: Essays on Heritage and Healing, explores how systems of oppression affect bodies over generations, and envisions a trauma-wise future of ecosocial well-being. She received a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard and an M.F.A. from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare (he/him)is an award-winning writer, storyteller, and social justice educator. He has written two books of essays and a collection of poetry, as well as published in dozens of journals and anthologies. Since 2008, Eli has spoken at over 150 conferences, community events, and colleges; he currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Disability Project at the Transgender Law Center and is also a Disability Futures Fellow. Bonnielin Swenor (she/her) is an epidemiologist and associate professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and holds joint appointments at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, which aims to shift the paradigm from ‘living with a disability’ to ‘thriving with a disability’. Thank you to our co-sponsors: Advance-CTR; Disability Justice Student Initiative; Program in Science, Technology, and Society; Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender; School of Public Health Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
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