Health Equity Summer Series

Interested in learning more about the intersection of health equity and criminal justice, trauma, and higher education?

Join the TUC Public Health Program, TUC College of Osteopathic Medicine and TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for a seminar series on this important topic.

Fridays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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  • August 7th: Stress and Trauma impacts on health disparities: a discussion on the need for trauma informed systems
    • Sarah Sweitzer, PhD, TUC Provost and Chief Academic Officer and member of the TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Andrea Garcia, MBA, Associate Vice President of Advancement and member of the TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Steven Jacobson, Ed.D, TUC Dean of Student Affairs and member of the TUC Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity Now Past Events:

  • July 31st: Diversity in healthcare education: a discussion on reducing health disparities by increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce. This session will provide an overview of Under Represented Minorities in Healthcare and showcase the work of the TUC College of Osteopathic Medicine's (TUCOM) Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advancement (IDEA) Committee.

Presented by: 

      • Eduardo Velasco, MD, PhD, MSc, TUC Associate Dean for Preclinical Education and Professor, TUCCOM Diversity and Inclusion Representative
      • Devon Lee, PhD, TUC Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion
      • Jordan Keys, DO, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of the OMM Department, College of Osteopathic Medicine
      • Kim Wolf, DO, Associate Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine

At the end of this Session, attendants will be able to:

    • Identify a framework embodying the social forces behind URM in healthcare
    • Articulate the IDEA Committee scorecard development process
    • Recognize TUCOM initiatives such as Structural Competency and Trauma-Informed Care

July 24th: Police violence as a public health issue: a discussion on the intersection police violence and toxic stress and trauma

  • Alan Ceaser, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Plantacea Innovation Lab - Dr. Alan Ceaser is a veteran of the US Armed Forces, an activist, and scholar who is currently the Chief Science Officer of Plantacea’s Innovation Lab with a focus on cannabis destigmatization, patient advocacy, and healing justice. Dr. Ceaser studies the impact of cannabis use on psychological well-being, life satisfaction, stress reactivity, and mindfulness using techniques like momentary assessment and neuroimaging. Dr. Ceaser completed his undergraduate training at the University of Maryland University College, his Master’s and Doctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis, and his Postdoctoral training at Stanford’s school of Medicine, where he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Ceaser’s activism has focused on intersectional activism, building peace, and is centered on healing trauma to build power for marginalized people and communities.
  • Devon Lee, PhD, TUC Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion - Dr. Lee is a transdisciplinary scholar-activist trained in Africana Studies who believes that activism is professional development. Touro’s commitment to social justice shares this understanding in shaping future health care professionals and educators dedicated to equity, trauma informed care, and transformative education.
  • Melissa Nold, JD - Ms. Melissa Nold is a Civil Rights attorney, focused primarily excessive force and police misconduct cases. She is licensed to practice in both California State and Federal Courts.
  • Robert L. Reason Jr. - Community Activist/Organizer. Born and raised in Vallejo, CA.  The Reason family has been a well-established and respected family of the community since the 1950’s.  Mr's Reasons grandparents were some of the first African American home/business owners, Pastors, and Civil Rights activists in Vallejo.  He founded the Frontline Activists Movement (F.A.M.), an organization providing a platform to spread awareness, an outlet for support and a resource with opportunities for community youth.  Mr. Reason has helped to organize several protests and marches in Vallejo.

July 17th: Criminal justice system and mass incarceration as social determinants of health: a discussion with the MPH Program’s Health Equity & Criminal Justice Concentration

Gayle Cummings, PsyD, MPH, TUC Assistant Professor - College of Education and Health Sciences Assistant Dean and Public Health Program Director.

Nemesia Kelly, MPH, TUC Assistant Professor - Chair, Health Equity and Criminal Justice Concentration.

Carly Strouse, DrPH, MPH, TUC Assistant Professor - Health Equity and Criminal Justice Concentration.