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CHETchat Spotlight Series featuring Dr. Garth Walker

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Date: Wednesday, July 22nd
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Garth Walker on the impact COVID has had in Black communities and his experiences as a Black doctor.

Dr. Walker is an Emergency Medicine specialist, researcher, and founder in Chicago with academic, non-profit, and private sector experience in both start-ups and impact investing. Dr. Walker received his bachelors in economics and chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, medical degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, master of public health at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and emergency medicine training at the University of Chicago Pritzker school of medicine.

Dr. Walker is an attending physician at the Jesse Brown Veteran Affairs Hospital where he delivers emergency care to veterans and patients in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Walker also is an health equity fellow with the Northwestern Emergency Department and Northwestern Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics investigating social determinants of health in firearm injury recidivism and healthcare disparities related to opioid mortalities.

Dr. Walker s civic interests are tied to firearm violence reduction, mentorship for diversity in medicine, and equitable education. Dr. Walker sits on the advisory board and research counsel for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM), a national non-partisan foundation aimed to support research for effective firearm policy, mentor for LINK unlimited for public school student within the Chicagoland area and advisory board with Turning the Page, a national literacy and parental advocacy non-profit aimed to improve literacy, and educational outcomes in Chicago s west side and DC underserved public schools.




Discussing the Physical, Emotional, and Social Needs of Older Adults During COVID-19

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and the Center for Community Health (CCH) for a discussion and reflection on the dynamic impact of COVID-19 on older adults. Dr. June M. McKoy and Kelly Stranburg will discuss the physical, emotional, and mental health challenges that COVID-19 has presented.

Dr. June McKoy, Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University
Dr. Melissa Simon, Founder/Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), Northwestern University
Kelly Stranburg, Wellness Director, Mather

Ariel J. Thomas, Community Engagement Liaison, Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities, Center for Community Health, Feinberg School of Medicine
Araceli Estrada, Program Assistant, Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), Feinberg School of Medicine

Date: Tuesday, July 28th 2020
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm




CHET 13TH Documentary Discussion

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) as we discuss Ava DuVernay s film titled 13th. We hope you can connect with us virtually for a facilitated discussion moderated by Soledad A. McGrath, Executive Director of the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3).What's the documentary about?

13TH is an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America. This piercing, Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards.

US Rating: TV-MA For mature audiences. May not be suitable for ages 17 and under.

When is the CHET Discussion?

Date: Monday, August 3rd
Time: 12:00pm 1:00pm

Where do I find the documentary? When should I watch it?
Please take the time to view this film in advance before this discussion. The 13th Film is available to view for free on Youtube.

Find the youtube link here:

This documentary is also available to stream on Netflix by searching "13th."




CHETchat Spotlight Series featuring Dr. Dinee Simpson [updated date/time]

Online - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

CHETchat Spotlight Series featuring Dr. Dinee Simpson

Speakers: Dr. Dinee Simpson
[UPDATED] Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: [Online - WEBINAR]

The CHETchat Spotlight Series highlights the equity work of our invited speakers and fosters a dialogue about ways that attendees can engage in work that promotes health equity.

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Current Issues in LGBTQ Health featuring CONNECT Paper Competition Winners

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Please join us for our upcoming Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture with CONNECT Paper Competition Winners: Dylan Felt, Sandra Isano, Isabel Sturla.

The talk will be held from 12:00 1:30pm (CT) on Thursday, August 27 in the Stonewall Conference Room at 625 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400, Chicago IL. Lunch will be provided. The talk will be livestreamed via BlueJeans.

About the speakers:

Dylan Felt, B.A., M.P.H. student, (she/her and they/them) is a Research Project Coordinator with the Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Research Program at Northwestern University. She earned her BA in Psychology from Brown University, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health at Northwestern University in the evenings. A non-binary transgender woman, their work emphasizes community activism and leadership in public health, and the importance of using research as a political tool to advance health equity among marginalized populations.

Isabel Sturla, B.A., (she/her and they/them) is an M1 at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Born in Argentina to an Argentine father and American mother, she moved to the United States at six years old and grew up in Evanston, her mother s hometown. Isabel graduated from Northwestern University in 2017 with a Bachelor of the Arts, double majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. In her free time, she loves to cook, go biking down Chicago s lakeshore path, and play with her beloved cat Pluto.


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