Asheville African American Health Webinar Series

Available through Sep 10, 2021 Closed Medicine Mental Health Nursing

Asheville African American Health Webinar Series


The Mountain Area Health Education Center presents the first Asheville African American Health Symposium. This Symposium is designed to create awareness and education within the medical community regarding the current health of African Americans and the implications of centuries of medical oppression. Racial disparities are unremitting and widespread within the African American population. The causes are multifactorial - including historical oppression, implicit bias toward African American patients, community mistrust, and lack of diversity within the healthcare field, to name a few. This conference will include national leaders in medicine and in the African American community to bring the conversation to Asheville on how to address these disparities.

The in-person conference will occur September 30 - October 3, 2021 in beautiful Asheville, NC. Please click here to register.

Leading up to the conference, MAHEC is hosting a monthly webinar series of national experts to start the discussion and build momentum around closing the gaps in African American healthcare disparities. The webinar series will include topics such as Healthcare Reparations, Mental Health in the African American Community, The Role of the Black Church in Health Care, Historical Trauma and The Black Body, Systemic Oppression in the Healthcare System and its effects on Black Patients and Black Providers, and more.


I. Do Black Lives Matter in Healthcare? - September 18, 2020

II. Healthcare Reparations in a Public Health Crisis - October 2, 2020

III. Before You Kill Yourself: Mental Health and the Black Patient - November 13, 2020

BONUS Session - Mental Health & The Black Patient: Part II - November 30, 2020 - 8:30am-9:30am

IV. The Role of the Black Church in Healthcare - December 4, 2020

BONUS Session - The Role of the Black Church in Healthcare: Part II - January 5, 2021 - 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

V. Black Women's Health - January 15, 2021

VI. The Effects of Historical Trauma in the Black Patient - February 12, 2021

AAAHS Special Edition – COVID-19 and the Vaccine Provider Forum - February 18, 2021 - 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

AAAHS Special Edition – COVID-19 and the Vaccine Community Leader Forum - February 23, 2021 - 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

AAAHS Special Edition – COVID-19 and the Vaccine Hesitancy Forum - March 1, 2021 - 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

VII. Lifestyle Medicine for the Black Patient - March 12, 2021

VIII. Lockdown: Pipeline to Prison and Disease - April 16, 2021

IX. Recruitment and Retention of Black Providers - May 14, 2021

X. Cardiac Care for the Black Patient - June 11, 2021

XI. Black Men's Health - July 16, 2021

The August Session has been Canceled - XII. Understanding Health Disparities in Black Youth - August 13, 2021

XIII. Live Symposium Outline & Description - September 10, 2021
*Note: no continuing education credit offered for the September session.

For more information on this conference series and access recordings of past sessions, visit

Target Audience

The target audience for the Asheville African American Health Symposium and Webinar Series will be Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Behavioral Health Therapists, Care Coordinators, Primary Care Physician practice staff members, Social Workers, and community members in Western North Carolina and across the United States.


  • Define racism as a healthcare crisis and develop strategies to dismantle systemic racism towards African Americans in healthcare.
  • Analyze healthcare disparities affecting our black communities and examine the causes of these disparities, including implicit bias of providers, historical trauma of African Americans, and lack of diversity within the healthcare workforce.
  • Connect WNC providers with African American healthcare leaders across the nation in order to continue to improve the health of African Americans in Western North Carolina.


  • Victor R. Armstrong, Sr., MSW
  • Brian H. Asbill, MD, FACC
  • Kathey A. Avery, RN, BSN, MCM
  • Ronny A. Bell, Ph.D, MS
  • Seth Bellamy
  • Rebecca H. Bernstein, MD
  • C Jason Branch, PhD
  • Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP
  • Harold Campbell, MD
  • Quinton V. Cancel, MD
  • Leslie Council Lake, CPLC
  • Odell Dickerson, Jr., MBA
  • Leo Flowers
  • Calvin Gardner, MBA, RPSGT, RST
  • Belinda Gillespie, NCCPSS/CHW
  • William E. Gist, MD
  • Dominique Goodmond
  • Alfred C. Gorman, MD
  • JeWana Grier-McEachin
  • Jacquelyn D. Hallum, MBA, MHA
  • William R. Hathaway, MD, FACC
  • Michael L. Hayes, NCPSS
  • Felicia Hipp, RN, MSN, CNE
  • Kimberly M. Knight, MSW
  • Anquinetta K. Lewis
  • Lourdes M. Lorenz-Miller, MSN RN NEA-BC AHN-BC
  • Allison C. Mathews, PhD
  • Tyrice MCoy
  • Frederick D. Murphy, LCMHC
  • Jan Pattanayak, MD
  • Nathan Scovens
  • Shuchin Shukla, MD, MPH
  • Robin R. Smith, RCCS, RDCS, FASE
  • LaTonya M. Summers, PhD, LCMHC LMHC
  • Evodie Versulien, MD
  • Donya Wallace, PhD, NCC, LPC, LPCS
  • Darin Waters, PhD
  • Sharon K. West, DPS, MS, RN-C
  • Cornell P. Wright, MPA


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