1007 – A Call to Action: Addressing Historical and Ending Contemporary Racial Inequities Through Healing Cafes
Dr. Linda Henderson-Smith, President, ATC Consulting, LLC
As the country grapples with the overwhelming aspects of an international pandemic, people across our nation have taken to the streets and boardrooms to demand change around systemic racism and its devastating effects. In addition, the media is saturated with stories about racism, however for African Americans, Indigenous people and other people of color, these stories, in the form of news or social media posts are more than just stories--they are examples of their lived experiences enduring trauma, racism and oppression. These historical and ongoing traumas have led to and continue to lead to physical and behavioral health disparities. Please join me as we explore the historical and contemporary racial inequities faced by African Americans, Indigenous people and other people of color, and the impacts these inequities have on the individuals we serve, on staff, and the community. We will also discuss strategies for how to address these impacts to build a just future that promotes healing and resilience.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
- Define historical trauma and systemic racism/oppression/trauma.
- Describe the impacts to individuals and communities.
- Explain the healing café model of having hard discussions to promote healing and resilience.