Black Women’s Health Conference Agenda

Black Women’s Health Conference
Events & Activities
Friday, February 24, 2012
10:30AM-12:00PM Registration
Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel Building 74

12:00PM Welcome
Inaugural Luncheon Keynote*
Takeisha Charles Davis, MD, MPH
Regional Medical Director, Louisiana Office of Public Health
“I Am My Sister’s Keeper…Now More Than Ever!”
JL Ballroom—Newcomb Hall Building 75

2:00-2:15PM Break

2:15-3:00PM 2012 Class of BWH Scholars: Introduction
Bianca Ancar, Warren Easton High School
Kyra Azore, Lusher Charter High School
Braci Barnes, West St. John High School
Sean Cannon, West St. John High School
Kaitlyn Dumas, St. Mary’s Academy
Maya Esteves, St. Mary’s Academy
Dashera Gros, West St. John High School
Megan Jackson, West. St. John High School
Latisha Jupiter, West St. John High School
Lester Rainey, West St. John High School
Austin Terry, West St. John High School
Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel

3:00-4:15PM Slide Presentation & Exhibit
Jennifer Williams
Director & Curator, McKenna Museum of African American Art
“Sex Crimes against Black Girls Project”
Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel

4:15-4:30PM Break

4:30-5:45PM Evening Keynote
Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy
Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University
“Where You Live Determines Your Health: Challenges and Opportunities to Reduce Health Disparities Under Our Nose”
Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel

5:45-6:00PM Break

6:00-7:00PM Creative Expression Competition
Winning Performances & Presentations
Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel

Saturday, February 25, 2012

8:00-9:00AM Registration
Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel

9:00-10:00AM Morning Plenary
Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH
President, American Public Health Association
“The State of Our Wellness: Black Women’s Health in Focus”
Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel

10:00-10:15AM Break


Denese Shervington, MD, MPH
President & CEO, Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies
“Taking the Journey to Self: Black Women Creating Safe Spaces”


11:00AM-12:15PM SESSION I (Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel)
Carolyn Johnson, PhD
Usdin Family Professor in Community Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health
“The Prevention Research Center at Tulane: Environmental Interventions to Reduce Obesity”
Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, MPH
Founding Director, Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for
New Life and Ashoka Fellow
“Strategic Leveraging: Securing Financial Support for Black Women’s
Health Initiatives”
Dr. Mia Harris, MD, MPH
Pediatrician, LSU LB Landry Community Clinic
“School-Based Health Clinics: Connecting Youth to Health and Wellness”

12:15-12:30PM Break12:30PM-1:30PM Afternoon Plenary (Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel)
Joan Morgan
“The Cost of Our Consumption”

1:30-1:45PM Break

1:45-2:45PM SESSION II (Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel)
David Doyle
PhD Candidate, Psychology, Tulane University
“Stigma Consciousness and Black Women’s Health: Evidence for Mediation by Authenticity”
Emily Shaffer
PhD Candidate, Psychology, Tulane University
“Navigating Intergroup Contexts: Threat, Group Identity, and Social Support”
Martha Pitts
PhD Candidate, Women’s Studies and English, Louisiana State University
“Humanizing the Graduate School Experience and Choosing the Margins:
Locating (black) Feminist Pedagogical Space between Academic Institutional Margins”

2:45-3:45PM SESSION III (Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel)
Christopher Sylvain, RPh
Health Issues 2010 Television Program
“Health Disparities and the Media”
Kim Chandler, PhD
Assistant Professor, Communications and Women’s Studies, Xavier University
“The Strong Black Woman Myth: Reflections on The Help”
Deon Haywood
Executive Director, Women with a Vision
“The No Justice Project: Against the Criminalization of Sex Work”

3:45-4:00PM CLOSING
*RSVP Required.

For more information, contact Dr. Renee Mathis at; Dr. Nghana Lewis at; or Dr. Lisa Molix at You may also call (504) 862-
8179 or visit