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ACHIEVING HEALTH EQUITY TOGETHER: Local Lessons & Global Applications

This month's special session brings together a unique collection of health equity experts originating from all over the world including Somalia, Alaska, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Baltimore USA. Thought-provoking conversation will be drawn from professional and personal experiences of individuals living in and working with vulnerable communities across the world. Panelist questions will explore local factors driving health inequities that cut across geographical boundaries. Attendees will gain valuable insight into patterns, lessons learned, and best practices applicable to local settings in the USA, and globally.

The event will be held Wednesday, April 24th from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (615 N Wolfe St), Sheldon Hall. Speaker Meet and Greet Reception to follow.



  • Abdirahman Abdi, AA
    Community Organizer, Shanbaro Community Association / Research Assistant and Community Advisor, Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA), Boston College School of Social Work
  • Theresa Betancourt, ScD, MA
    Salem Professor in Global Practice and Director, Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA), Boston College School of Social Work
  • Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH
    Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, James F. Fries Professor of Medicine, and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Reverend Debra Hickman, M.Div.
    President and CEO, Sisters Together And Reaching, Inc. (STAR) / Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity Community Advisory Board
  • Olugbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH
    Dr. Adolph and Margaret Berger Professor of Medicine and Population Health, New York University Department of Medicine / Professor, New York University Department of Population Health/Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Network Academic Planning / Director, Division of Health and Behavior, Department of Population Health/Director, Center for Healthful Behavior Change


  • Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, RN, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing / Core Faculty, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity / Chief Executive Officer, African Research Academies for Women


The Health Equity Jam Sessions are held monthly during the academic year. We aim to provide faculty and trainees working on health equity research with a supportive forum to discuss new research ideas and proposals, research-in-progress, responses to peer review, career development, collaborations, and opportunities to be inspired and energized by each other in an informal setting. Light refreshments are served.

If you would like more information about the Health Equity Jam Sessions and future presentation opportunities, please contact the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity Training Core ( If you would like to learn more about other health equity training opportunities at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, please visit

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