Black History Month 2022: Promoting, Recognizing, and Celebrating Black Health and Wellness

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Dr. Sabrina Assoumou, inaugural Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine at BU’s School of Medicine

I am encouraged that recent data show some gains related to vaccine acceptance and uptake among Black individuals in this country. I feel privileged to have been able to contribute to this effort locally and nationally. Some lessons learned include that “We are all in this together” and that “None of us are safe until all of us are safe.”

Dr. Phillipe Copeland, Abolitionist and Clinical Assistant Professor at BU’s School of Social Work

I define health justice as the distribution of resources and power in ways that support freedom. Health justice requires Abolition, dismantling life-taking systems and replacing them with life-giving systems.

Dr. Christina Lee, Associate Professor and Research Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at BU’s School of Social Work

Improving the lives of Black people will improve the lives of all. We should support policies to improve the lives of Black people who have endured the worst impacts of exclusion and targeted segregation.

Dr. Craig Andrade, Associate Dean of Practice and Director of the Activist Lab at BU’s School of Public Health

Part of the mission of the Activist Lab and BU’s School of Public Health is to help ensure that our graduating public health professionals are well prepared to work with Black communities and other historical marginalized communities across the state, across the country, and across the world as authentic partners in the positive change the world is waiting for. We work to understand and teach the less taught history and less understood racist structures we all have inherited so to develop and employ strategies with community that help Black communities and other otherized peoples to be their best selves and live their best lives.



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