Let's talk about BIPOC healers, the Uprising, and a path to rebuild trust in healthcare.
We are excited to share the wisdom of Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT with you for our next event – We Are Family on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST.
You can register today. Everyone is welcome. Earn 2 contact hours for continuing education. Event registration is $5 for MinnHNA members or $10 without membership.
Read on to learn more about the event, Ihotu, and how you can prepare before the event.
What can I expect?
Join Ihotu for a discussion
Through COVID-19 and the murder of Mr. George Floyd, communities of color faced compounded, chronic stress on top of a history of mistrust and poor relationships with health systems and providers.
Ihotu Jennifer Ali, MPH, LMT is the Co-Founder of the Minnesota Healing Justice Network and Director of Oshun Center for Intercultural Healing, powered by We Sparkle.
Join Ihotu for a discussion on healing and reconciliation for injured bodies, hearts, and systems. She will share her experiences as a community healer and nonprofit leader in 2020 and what she sees as the next phase of racial justice work in medicine, with a special focus on Black maternal health.
How can we rebuild trust and restore cross-cultural relationships based on patient safety and shared humanity?
How can we move from intellectual “allyship” to a more visceral and transformative “familyship” with one another, and in ways that may also improve health outcomes?
How to prepare BEFORE the event
During the event, there will be an opportunity to discuss the topics and wisdom Ihotu shares.
To provide a good framework for our discussion, we encourage you to read at least one resource in Ihotu's list of references before attending the event. Full list of references are at the bottom of this post.
We recognize reviewing resources before the event may not be possible for everyone, and that’s okay. Please feel welcome to attend - the event will provide opportunities for meaningful discussion for everyone.
Explore the state of cross-cultural relationships and historical trust as well as areas of racial disparities and racism in maternal and mental health care as they present in Minnesota, especially since the pandemic and murder of Mr. George Floyd.
Identify pragmatic ideas that can be integrated into nursing practice, as potential starting points for social justice work within local hospitals, insurance, and health care systems.
Describe the Oshun Center for Intercultural Healing, an interracial teaching and learning collective of doctors, midwives, and community healers, and potential ways to learn and collaborate that may be of interest to MinnHNA members.
Learn more about Ihotu.
Ihotu brings 15 years of experience in health care and advocacy, from working in Congress during the drafting of the Affordable Care Act, to maternal mortality research with the United Nations, to coalition building with a variety of holistic practitioners, as a birth doula, massage therapist, and student chiropractic physician.
Everyone is welcome.
2 contact hours available for attendees!
$5 for MinnHNA members or $10 without membership
Ihotu's Resource List
Please read at least one resource before the event on October 2, 2021.
Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A history of women healers (Barbara Ehrenreich)
Our ethical obligation to social justice (Johns Hopkins Nursing)
Seven Portal Sky, e-book, available for free download at www.ihotuali.com
My Grandmother’s Hands (Resmaa Menakem)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Skloot)
Medical Apartheid (Harriet A. Washington)
Medical Bondage: Race, gender and the origins of American gynecology (Dierdre Cooper Owens)
Reproductive Injustice: Racism, pregnancy, and premature birth (Dana-Ain Davis)
White Supremacy Culture (Tema Okun)
Toward the Abolition of Biological Race in Medicine (Institute for Healing and Justice in Medicine) *see also their petition to remove flawed race-based calculators in medicine i.e. eGFR
You Are Here: Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation (Nisha Ahuja 2014)
Black Mamas Matter Alliance *creators of the Black Women’s Health Week each year in April
Physician-patient racial concordance and disparities in birthing mortality for newborns (Greenword et al. 2020)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Which resource will you choose to read? Comment on this blog post to let us know!