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On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity hosted a well-attended special event "Achieving Health Equity Together: Local Lessons and Global Applications." The Center's Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, RN , PhD moderated the conversation that explored perspectives from community leaders, clinicians, and researchers from Somalia, Alaska, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Baltimore USA. The diverse panel included Abdirahman Abdi, AA, Theresa Betancourt, ScD, MA, Center Director Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, Reverend Debra Hickman, M.Div, and Olugbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH. Attendees shared moving reflections on social media about the significant impact of experiences shared by panelists (#LocalGlobalLearning and #HealthEquityVoices). The audience included Patricia Davidson, Dean of School of Nursing, and Ellen McKenzie, Dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

  • We thank event co-sponsors Alliance for a Healthier World, and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative for their support.
  • For those who missed this powerful discussion, the recorded session is now available at

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  • 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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