19th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture

Keynote Lecture By Dr. Chandra Ford

Geard C. Fossett, MHA Candidate, Department of Health Policy and Management, Gillings School of Global Public Health

From the 38th Annual Minority Health Conference: Systems of Power: Recalling Our Past, Restructuring Our Future

Friday, February 24th, 2017

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About the Presenter:


Chandra L. Ford is Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She earned her doctorate in Health Behavior from the Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining UCLA, she completed postdoctoral training in Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina and Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg Health Scholar. Outside of her academic roles, she was formerly involved with the Black Radical Congress and is currently involved with the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

The overarching aims of Dr. Ford’s research are to: (1) explain specific ways societal inequalities (e.g., discrimination) limit access to public health resources and care among socially marginalized populations; and, (2) to enhance the conceptual and methodological tools used to produce knowledge about the links between societal inequalities and health disparities.

Particular areas of expertise include the social determinants of HIV/AIDS disparities, the Public Health Critical Race Praxis/Critical Race Theory, access to care, and health disparities affecting racial/ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons; and, older adults. Her work has been published in AIDS & Behavior, the American Journal of Public Health, the Annals of Epidemiology, Ethnicity & Disease, The Gerontologist, Social Science & Medicine, and other refereed journals. She has received a number of honors. Most recently, she was a member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Community-based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States.

About the Moderator:

Geard Fossett is pursuing a Master of Healthcare Administration in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Mr. Fossett graduated from the University of Pittsburgh this past May where he majored in Sociology and minored in Spanish. As an undergraduate student, one of Mr. Fossett’s major accomplishments was serving as the Director of the Summer Science Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh program. This program focuses on increasing interest in STEM among minority middle school children at a young age, in hopes of inspiring them to pursue STEM in higher education. Mr. Fossett is extremely passionate about working to improve the healthcare system within the United States. Specifically working with underserved individuals within the communities that he considers himself a part of. Upon graduation from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Mr.Fossett will pursue fellowships within academic medical centers. He hopes to one day obtain a leadership position and become CEO of an organization.


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