Please join the Center for Studies on Africa and Its Diaspora (CSAD) on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) for the first installment of its forward-thinking, webinar series "Intersecting Medicine and the Humanities.”
The “Intersecting Medicine and the Humanities” series seeks to assert that medicine and its care delivery ecosystem might reduce harm to populations of color if social determinants of health and related factors, via the humanities, are considered and applied. This webinar will examine and propose key opportunities to improve care for populations of color through a transdisciplinary approach that fundamentally knits the humanities and medicine (Medical Humanities). Speakers will offer a revolutionary system that is aimed at the reduction of suffering and death among populations of color and those in lower socio-economic communities. Given the degrees and variability of harm and ill-health revealed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we assert that this intersection and transformational approach through Medical Humanities must be integrated across clinical training, research, and the delivery of care. According to Anna Batistatou et al. in “The introduction of medical humanities in the undergraduate curriculum of Greek medical schools: challenge and necessity,” scholars posit that the time has come for the role and value of the study of humanities must be inserted to ensure that clinical care becomes increasingly patient-centered from point of contact to post-diagnosis care.
This initial dialogue will orient viewers to the construct of Medical Humanities with consideration of its application to treatment and care delivery. Underpinning this, we offer that for more impactful healthcare outcomes, clinical and related care must adhere to the central place of culture and society as core to the etiology and mitigation of health threats, particularly when serving populations of color and lower socio-economic strata.
Panelists include Mita Banerjee, Ph.D., Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gütenberg University, Mainz, Ralph H. Didlake, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Ctr & Ctr for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Peggy Dilworth-Anderson, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Bisan A., MD, Ph.D., Emory University, Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Anthropology. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, author, historian and Professor of African American Studies, Georgia State University. CSAD’s Co-Director of Operations and Outreach, Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson will provide the welcome, and Co-Director of Academics Dr. Elizabeth West will give closing remarks. This series is proudly co-sponsored by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, Johannes Gütenberg, Mainz, the Auburn Avenue Library, and the Atlanta Global Studies Center.
Please register at https://bit.ly/CSADMedHum.