Black History Month 2021

Join the School of Public in celebrating Black History Month 2021! The following events and opportunities are designed to lift and empower the voices of Black women leaders devoted to health equity, advocacy, and public health and to spur conversation and engagement on the health of the Black community.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Helene D. Gayle

Please Join Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, for a special conversation with Helene D. Gayle, MD, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust.

Dr. Gayle has been president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, since October 2017. Under her leadership, the Trust has adopted a new strategic focus on closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Black Women in Health Leadership: Advocacy, Social Justice, Public Health, and Medicine

Through this event, organized around the theme of Black women in health leadership, we hope to uplift and empower the voices of Black women leaders devoted to health equity, advocacy, social justice, and public health, and to spur discussion about the issues impacting the health of the Black community. Our panelists will engage around strategies to close the gaps present within the Black community.


Vanessa Britto MD, MSc'96-Community Health, Res'89, F'91, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness at Brown University. Dr. Britto is a board-certified internist and has been a student life professional and administrator since 2001.

This event will take place virtually in collaboration with The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the School of Public Health and The Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

For more information or if you have questions feel free to contact Jai-Me Potter-Rutledge ([email protected]) at the School of Public Health or Rosedelma Seraphin ([email protected]) at the Medical School. 

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Millicent Gorham, PhD (Hon), MBA, FAAN, Executive Director of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc., which represents 150,000 African American nurses in the United States. Millicent has more than 35 years of government relations experience, having served on the steering committee of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust, as the assistant director of government relations for the American Optometric Association, and as the director of government relations for the National Rural Health Association.

Jewel Mullin MD, MPH, MPA, Associate Dean for Health Equity at Dell Medical School, as well as an associate professor in the school’s population health and internal medicine departments. She also serves as Director of Health Equity at Ascension Seton to help meet health equity goals across its system. Dr. Mullen is an internist, epidemiologist, public health expert and the former principal deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Every Friday in February, the School of Public Health is sharing a resource to encourage people to engage in their own anti-racist journey. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  #BlackHistoryMonth2021

In Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History, Gene Demby of  NPR Code Switch explains that housing segregation is in everything: schools, health, family wealth, and policing.

Ta-Nehisi Coates' seminal memoir, Between the World and Me, examines America's past while confronting our present. Challenge what you think you know by reading the National Book Award winner Toni Morrison has called "required reading."

John Lewis: Good Trouble chronicles the life of the youngest and last surviving member of the "Big 6" civil rights activists, John Lewis. This intimate documentary of the legendary leader who died in July at age 80 after more than 60 years of activism and 17 terms in the House of Representatives, illuminates the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s while inspiring future leaders to get into “good trouble” in the advancement of human rights.

‘Why Not Being Racist is Not Enough’ is an episode of Don Lemon’s CNN podcast, Silence Is Not an Option. Featuring Ibram X. Kendi of Boston University and author Christopher Petrella, it addresses the need for proactive antiracist approaches in order to achieve a more inclusive future.

Black History Month at Brown

Join our friends across the Brown University campus to engage with Black History Month programming. Connect with the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America, the SPH Graduate Student Council, the Swearer Center, and the Watson Institute for important conversations all month long!