Emerging data shows that African Americans and LAtinx communities are being stricken by COVID-19 at a higher rate, and experiencing greater sickness and a higher death toll than other Americans. Some have said that COVID-19 is “ravaging” black communities. In this interactive conversation, four panelists will discuss how racism shapes vulnerability to COVID19, why African Americans are being so heavily impacted, and why these disparities matter.
Dr. Blackmond Larnell’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of state, local, and urban politics, with a specific focus on racial politics, public policy, and community and economic development. Her dissertation, “Policy Network Theory of Local Governance: Organizational Structure of Decision-Making Networks as a Determinant of Policy,” explores two theories of governance (urban regime theory and policy network theory) to explain how the membership structure of decision-making networks influences the policies that cities select, specifically in the area of local economic development. Additional areas of research include minority political representation and the impact of emergency financial managers on municipal fiscal distress. Dr. Blackmond Larnell has been published in Urban Affairs Review and American Review of Public Administration.
Sheronda Kimbrough is the President and CEO of Trinity Mobility Company, a non-emergency medical transportation provider for the state of Illinois. Prior to assuming her role at Trinity Mobility Company, Kimbrough served as an educator and in program management for the Chicago Public Schools for more than 15 years. She is an AHEC Chicago, advisory board member and works as a consultant with Rush Hospital's MedSTEM Reach Program. Sheronda is committed to developing equitable healthcare workforce opportunities for traditionally marginalized populations.
Dr. Ayodele “Dele” Gomih (IMSA c/o ‘03) is an epidemiologist, multi-passionate artist, and organizer. She obtained her masters and doctorate degree in infectious disease and cancer epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Jay Weiss Institute for Health Equity at the University of Miami, she founded MoveLoveArt, an equity-centered consulting entity focused on connecting people and communities through movement. As a creative public health professional, Dr. Dele is invested in the practice of storytelling and promoting wellness using the arts and data as a tool for reclaiming Black and Brown narratives and healing communities.
Itzel Jazmín López-Hinojosa graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017 with a BA in Biochemistry and American Culture Studies. At WashU, Itzel led educational and policy discussions related to health disparities and served as a peer mental health counselor. In addition, she wrote a thesis exploring the experience of Latinx undergraduates with mental health. After college, Itzel returned to her alma mater, Illinois Math and Science Academy, and served as a residential counselor.
As a 2019 Albert Schweitzer Fellow, Itzel developed healthy eating and exercise curriculum for 3rd and 4thgraders, and an empowering and mentorship curriculum for high school girls living in Back of the Yards. At Pritzker, Itzel was the Co-President of the Latino Medical Student Association, a laboratory coordinator for the Community Health Clinic, and the curriculum
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