December Hopkins Health Equity Discussion

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Sponsored by the Society of Black Alumni 

December's discussion will focus on JHU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with our guest speaker, Kristina Smith. 

Mission: The Johns Hopkins Health Equity Group is a solutions-driven group that works to create healthier communities through advocacy, policy review and reform, and community empowerment to create more equitable health outcomes in underserved communities.
Vision: Our collective efforts empower underserved communities through education and provide resources to create equity in health and wellbeing. We are committed to addressing social determinants of health through:
o   Health advocacy;
o   Community engagement and empowerment;
o   Policy review and reform; and
o   Achieving equitable health outcomes.

The Hopkins Health Equity Group meets at noon on the first Thursday of each month. We look forward to you joining the conversation!

ABOUT Kristina Smith
Certified Diversity Professional

President & CEO, Diversity & Inclusion Strategists
Diversity & Inclusion Strategists is a BIPOC, and woman owned small business. We are a global consortium of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Change Agents. Our team represents visible and invisible facets of diversity including race, class, culture, gender, gender expression, sexuality, neurodiversity, nationality, geo-location, religion, and spirituality.

As head of Diversity & Inclusion Strategists, Kristina develops and implements strategies with her team to create workspaces that are diverse, equitable, inclusive and where all people feel like they belong. She educates organizational leaders on systems that support hiring, mentoring, and promoting all staff equitably. Facilitates conversations among leaders to assist in identifying and combating systemic institutional racism. She coaches leaders to be able to have difficult conversations with staff to ensure continuity in culture change.

Additionally, she coaches emerging leaders to position them for success in new roles or to prepare them for future promotions. Kristina facilitates conversations at every level in the organization for staff to understand how “subtle acts of exclusion” creates cultures where people feel like they do not belong and how to interrupt these acts and address harm that has been created.

Kristina shares frequently, “Our goal is to rehumanize workspaces.”

ABOUT Deidre Defoe
MD, Public Health '95

Health Equity Discussion Group Founder 

ABOUT Nfr KaRaa (Karen Drakeford)
Arts & Sciences '79

Health Equity Group Founder - 

ABOUT Alisha McDowell
Arts & Sciences '16

Health Equity Discussion Group Founder 

 Event Date
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Start Time: 12:00pm EST
End Time: 1:00pm EST

Office of Alumni Relations
(410) 516-0808

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