On January 27, 2010, the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence, in conjunction with the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, launched the inaugural East Baltimore Annual Health Equity, Access, and Diversity Film and Lecture Series which featured the documentary, The Deadliest Disease in America. The documentary focused on racism, bias and classism in health care and the impact they have on patients and communities of color.
Following the 55-minute film, attendees were split up into workshops including “Doctor/Patient Communication,” “Prostate Cancer: Access Denied,” “What Racism Looks Like in Health Care Delivery and Why You Should Report It,” and “Empowering Community Organizations to Work with Legislators for Change.” Several key institutional leaders (Provost Minor, Dean Miller, and Vice Dean Nichols) were given prominent placement in the program to share their views on cultural competency and vision for Diversity and Inclusion at the SOM.
Participants included 3rd and 4th year medical students, graduate students, clinical, administrative, and support staff, and faculty from the East Baltimore and Bayview campuses, undergraduates from the JHSOPH, Student National Medical Association medical and graduate students, community organizations including The Baltimore Black Mental Health Alliance, The Esperanza Center, The Men’s Center, and The Transformation Team, and interested patients and residents. More than 400 individuals participated in this event.