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2018: Sharing Strategies for Health Equity

Social Medicine Consortium Third Annual Conference, Sharing Strategies for Health Equity

April 28, 2018 • Red Rock Event Center, Churchrock, New Mexico

The Social Medicine Consortium is rooted in the belief that inequity kills, and that together we can achieve health equity by constructing systems that demand justice, recognizing our global interconnectedness, and supporting the next generation of health professionals. 

We are committed to engaging in humble relationships that recognize our limitations and privileges, acknowledging pervasive historical injustices and pursuing collective liberation through shared struggle.  Join us to unpack what this means for all of us, both as a consortium and in our personal and professional lives. 

Conference Materials

What is Social Medicine? 1 1/2 Centuries of Forgetting and Remembering -Howard Waitzkin, MD, PhD

Launching Our Campaign Against Racism: Building Community, Being Community -Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

A Run on the Bank: Interrupting Charity and Development and Inspiring Social Justice Through Pedagogy (Breakout) -Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA; Jennifer Hines, MD; August Lindmark; Michelle Morse, MD MPH; Jennifer Kasper, MD; Angella Namwase, BSN; Carlo Louis-Charles

**We are in the process of collecting materials and video from the conference-- additional materials will be added to this page soon.**

Conference Photos 

Photo Credit: Geri Henry, 

Conference Objectives

  1. Recognize the specific ways that economic systems, colonization, and racism create and reproduce health inequities in local settings throughout the world;
  2. Critically examine personal and professional participation in creating, reproducing, and challenging these root causes of health inequities; 
  3. Describe examples from Navajo Nation that demonstrate the connection between historical injustice and health as well as examples of their resistance and community organizing that foster health; 
  4. Identify examples of tools being used in the practice of social medicine, develop the skills necessary for practice amongst participants, and deepen the strategic partnerships around curriculum development and transformative social medicine education;
  5. Explain the aim and actions of the Campaign Against Racism as a constructive strategy to build health equity and identify ways to be involved;
  6. Establish SMC chapters in their local settings with clear goals and direct actions for the next year;
  7. Explore concepts of environmental justice and its intersection with health through the experiences of local leaders.


Breakfast & Registration

Opening & Welcome: Vice President Jonathan Nez

Presentation: What is Social Medicine?: Dr. Howard Waitzkin

Presentation: Collective Liberation and Health: Vishal Eckhart

Panel: Strategies for Resistance and Health Equity: Kern Collymore, Dr. Chip Thomas, Stecie Midy, Dr. Zulema Garcia, Dr. Pierre Paul (moderator)


Presentation: Community Organizing: A Legacy of Resistance: Marshall Ganz (by video)

Presentation: Campaign Against Racism Launch: Dr. Camara Jones

Lunch, Posters & Book Fair 

Breakout Sessions (Round 1)*

Breakout Sessions (Round 2)**

Forging the Path Forward for the Campaign Against Racism: Dr. Jennifer Denetdale

Action Pledges: Dr. Joia Mukherjee and Dr. Chip Thomas 

Closing Words: Vice President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation

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Breakout Sessions Round 1:

1. Health Equity through Solidarity and Collective Liberation: Implementing Social Medicine in Two Communities

2. Social Medicine Pedagogy: Health Equity, Racial Justice and Disruption in the Classroom

3. Precepting for Social Determinants of Health, Health Equity, and Racism: A Faculty Development Program

4. A Perfect Biosocial Storm: A HIV and XDR-TB epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa

5. Mental Health in Navajo Nation: Tackling Paternalism and Developing a Culture of Safety 

Breakout Sessions Round 2:

1. Consequences of colonialism on Haitian Health System; Nosotros: a unit of social health

2. Radical Transparency: Meet me where I'm at

3. Weaving Resilience into an Education Pathway Designed to Build the Navajo Nation Public Health Workforce

4. Serving the Community Through Unique Collaborations: A MEDICC-CPHE Cuba-Navajo Exchange and the HEAL Initiative Fellowship

5. A Run on the Bank: Interrupting Charity and Development and Inspiring Social Justice Through Pedagogy 

CME/CEU Credit

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) through the joint providership of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) and EqualHealth. RMCHCS is accredited by the NMMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHW CEUs Approved by DOH-OCHW

Credit Statement: RMCHCS designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conference Logistics

Housing: A special rate of $70.00 + tax is available at the Gallup, NM Comfort Suites. To claim this rate, please call Ken Priege (505-863-3445) or the front desk (505-863-3445) and ask for the COPE rate. 


Suggested Pre-Reading 


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