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The 2021 Humanism & Healing Conference was held virtually May 6-8, 2021. We are delighted to share with you a selection of panels, keynote addresses, and other sessions, plus 50+ posters, and a sampling of the Art Gallery from that amazing event.

The conference emerged from the 2020-2021 Gold Humanism Honor Society National Initiative, of the same name: Humanism & Healing: Structural Racism and its Impact on Medicine. GHHS Chapters around the world created initiatives, events, and more to around that theme, and many of them were shared at the conference.

Conference Summary

Day 1 | Thursday, May 6

Opening Remarks from Gold Foundation President/CEO Dr. Richard I. Levin & four GHHS leaders: Drs. Eni Ojo, Candice Passerella, Hellen Ransom, & GHHS Director Louisa Tvito View the recording


Breakout Sessions

Blueprint for Social Factors that Impact Health: Lessons from Community Health Centers, a Gold Human InSight Webinar, sponsored by BD, featuring Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center CEO Michael Taylor, Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe, Henry J. Austin Health Center CEO Dr. Kemi Alli, Gold Foundation CFAO Ben Rodriguez, and Good Samaritan Health Center COO Dr. Breanna Lathrop. View the recording

Advocacy & Grassroots Change panel with five recipients of the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award: Dr. Mardge Cohen, Dr. Veda Johnson, Dr. Dinali Fernando, Dr. Nancy Oriol, and Nani Cuadrado. View the recording

Keynote Address: COVID 19 and the Racial Reckoning, featuring a conversation between Dr. Wayne Riley, Gold Trustee and the 17th President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Dr. Richard Levin, President and CEO of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. View the recording

Day 2 | Friday, May 7

Opening Remarks from Dr. Deepthiman Gowda, Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Associate Professor, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, and Dr. Roberta Waite, Professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions and Associate Dean, Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions View the recording

Breakout Sessions

  • A Celebration of Diversity: A Student-led Initiative of the Gold Humanism Honor Society
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  • The Significance of “Sankofa” in the fight for Antiracism
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Breaking Barriers Brick by Brick: Addressing Vaccine Deliberations, a Gold Human
InSight Webinar, sponsored by Siemens Healthineers, featuring Gold Trustee Dr. Kimberly Manning and Dr. Valeria Cantos, with Siemens Corporation President and CEO Barbara Humpton
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‘Dysaesthesia aethiopis’ : The Dismissal of Black Suffering & Listening to Healing panel,  led by UC Irvine School of Medicine students Kaavya Cherukuri, Kaosluchi Enendu, Ava Runge and faculty Dr. Deena Brown, Dr. Johanna Shapiro and Dr. Tiffany Willoughy-Herard

Keynote Address: Partnership with HBCUs, featuring a conversation with Dr. Gina S. Brown, Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University, and Gold Trustee Dr. Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, Dean & Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, President of the American Academy of Nursing, ignited by Dr. George Thibault, Gold Trustee and immediate past president of the Macy Foundation View the recording

Day 3 | Saturday, May 8

Opening Remarks from Nursing Leader Dr. Dorothy Wholihan, GHHS Advisory Council Chair Dr. Scott Shaffer, and GHHS Director Louisa Tvito
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Breakout Sessions

  • Addressing the Human Dimension of Medicine through Diversity in Medical Images*
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  • Getting to know the Artists (No recording is available for this session.)
Integrating Anti-Racism and Health Disparities Training within Residency Programs panel of educators, including recipients of the Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education (GME) Challenge Grants, featuring Dr. Racquel Greer and Dr. Marquita Genies of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Dr. Tasha Posid and Dr. Cheryl Lee of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center View the recording

Medical Students Partner and Learn from Women Who are Incarcerated, shares a project from Ohio State University College of Medicine that included virtual gatherings and a book club with women who are in the Ohio Reformatory for Women. The discussion includes GHHS member and The Beauty in Breaking author Dr. Michele Harper, Patricia Wynn Brown, GHHS students Jessica Munoz and Sheila Okere, GHHS Chaper President Rana Elgazzar, Dr. Linda Stone, along with representatives from Ohio Reformatory for Women, in this very special presentation.
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Othering: A Kaleidoscope of Perspectives panel, featuring Rana Elgazzar, Dr. Erica Johnson, Dr. Alexander Wade, and Dr. Lynda Nwabuobi View the recording
Keynote Address: The Ultimate “Anti-Racism Statement” that Medicine can Make is to Diversify Our Ranks, with Dr. Quinn Capers IV, Rody P. Cox Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Associate Dean of Faculty Diversity at UTSW School of Medicine, and Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
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Film Screening: “Black Men in White Coats” View the documentary on its official website here
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