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College Of Osteopathic Medicine Introduces Healthy Conversations

Oct. 16, 2020
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

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The Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is launching a new speaker series titled “Healthy Conversations” during its inaugural year to provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to engage and learn from influential scholars and clinicians.

On Oct. 30, Dr. Camara Jones will present her speech “Achieving Health Equity: The Case (and Tools) for Anti-Racism” on YouTube for all students, faculty and staff who are interested. The second portion of her presentation will be a Q&A for students of the SHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will be held on Zoom and requires prior registration.

Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist that has served as president of the American Public Health Association while working to address the impact racism has on the well-being of the nation. Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Mari Hopper hopes that attendees will find value in Jones’ timely message.

“The message is pertinent to everyone and sheds light on the national health debate including universal access to high quality health care, the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism),” Hopper said. “This presentation is an excellent opportunity for Dr. Jones to not only share her personal story, but to highlight her allegories on race and racism and illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss.”

Jones’ story is truly an inspiring one, as she trained to become a physician during a time in which minorities, especially those that were women, were not commonly entering this profession. Her knowledge and perseverance have allowed her to teach in prestigious medical colleges such as the Harvard School of Public Health, Morehouse School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health, as well as serve as a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Dr. Jones embodies the mission of SHSU, and those in attendance will find that she is completely relatable, inspiring and eager to engage with her audience,” Hopper said.

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