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Feb 24 2018


10:00 am - 3:00 pm

2018 Black History Month Gathering

2018 Black History Month Gathering
Resilience in the Black Community: What gives us strength?

Please join us for a community gathering featuring presentations by:
Michele Andrasik | Carmen Best | Bessie A. Young
Christopher Moore | Quintard Taylor | George Dicks

Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Mount Zion Baptist Church
1634 19th Avenue, Seattle WA

Call 206.667.6360 for more info

– Free lunch catered by Satisfied Palate
– Free HIV testing, Hep C testing, and other health screenings
– Information about HIV, Hep C, and Diabetes

Here’s some information about our speakers:

Dr. MICHELE ANDRASIK is a clinical health psychologist. She is the Lead Behavioral Scientist for the Fred Hutchinson-based HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), Senior Staff Scientist in the Fred Hutch Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She brings her expertise in Community-Based Participatory Research and a commitment to creating true partnerships with communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, in particular, communities of color, women, MSM, and transgender communities. Her research interests include social and structural drivers of disease, identifying and reducing barriers to HIV prevention, qualitative methods, and alcohol and substance use.

Chief CARMEN BEST assumed the role of Interim Chief of the Seattle Police Department on January 1, 2018. Chief Best has served with the Seattle Police Department for 26 years. Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Operations, Investigations, and Special Operations Bureaus, as well as the Community Outreach section.

QUINTARD TAYLOR is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington and as such he holds the oldest endowed chair at the University. He is the author of The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle’s Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era, and In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the America West, 1528-1990. His Dr. Sam: Soldier, Educator, Advocate, Friend, An Autobiography, which Taylor co-authored with the late university administrator and career army officer, was released in the summer of 2010.

Dr. CHRISTOPHER MOORE is a family practice physician who is a recent transplant to the Seattle area. Along with enjoying the challenges of a busy medical practice, Dr. Moore has a long-standing interest in reducing racial/ethnic health disparities and increasing access to quality healthcare for marginalized communities. As a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Training Fellow, he conducted a collaborative study with Medical Care Development International (MCDI) to investigate care-seeking behaviors for infants in rural South African communities devastated by HIV/AIDS. Prior to his graduate training, he served as Senior Community Researcher and Project Coordinator for Connect 2 Protect (C2P), an initiative of the Adolescent HIV Medicine Trials Network (ATN). This multi-year, community-based research project partnered with local youth-serving organizations to gather local health data and develop evidence-based HIV prevention programs for adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM) of color in New York City.

GEORGE DICKS was granted a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology, from Augusta College [now Georgia Regents University], Augusta, GA. in 1973. He is a Certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist [GMHS] certified by the state of Washington since 1989. He is also a Certified Minority Mental health Specialist for African-Americans,[MMHS} certified by the state of Washington since 1989. He is licensed by the state of Washington as a Counselor/Agency Affiliated Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services [HMHAS]. He is faculty at Edmond Community College since 1990; teaching in the Social and Health Services Dept; instructor of Aging in America, [SHS 161] Management of Difficult Behaviors [SHS 260], Evaluation and Assessment [SHS 244].

Dr. BESSIE YOUNG is a professor at the University of Washington, Division of Nephrology. She is also the General Nephrology Section Head of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She is a member of UW Dean’s Standing Committee on Minority Faculty Affairs and the NIH-NIDDK Network of Minority Research Investigators (NMRI) Oversight Committee. In addition, she holds Editorial Board positions for the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and Current Diabetes Reviews.

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  • Date: Feb 24 2018
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