Speaker Date Topic
Andrea Westby, MD FAAFP Mar 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Seeking Justice and Equity in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Seeking Justice and Equity in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Andrea Westby, MD FAAFP- Director for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Andrea Westby is a family medicine physician committed to community health and wellness with a passion for obstetrics, parent, child, and family health, racial equity, and reproductive justice. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical school and Allina Health’s United Family Medicine residency. After residency, she worked as a rural full spectrum family medicine physician in northern Minnesota for 4.5 years. Dr. Westby currently is an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the North Memorial family medicine residency at Broadway Family Medicine clinic and North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. She has held the role of Director for Equity Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health since February of 2020 and was named the inaugural chair holder of the Josie Robinson Johnson Endowed Chair in Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in October of 2020.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to advancing the work of justice and equity in health and community, a commitment which was solidified with the creation of the Josie Robinson Johnson Endowed Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (or JEDI) in October of 2020. This presentation will discuss the goals for JEDI work in medicine and healthcare (particularly in family medicine in Minnesota), current initiatives, opportunities and future directions.  

Gayle Golden, Hubbard School of Journalism Mar 17, 2021
When critical thinking fails: A new way to think about avoiding disinformation & empowered reading
When critical thinking fails: A new way to think about avoiding disinformation & empowered reading

Gayle Golden, Senior Lecturer, Morse-Alumni Distinguished University Teacher, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gayle Golden, who is known as G.G., has been a journalist and educator for more than 35 years and has reported for national publications including the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News. As a faculty member at the Hubbard School, she teaches journalism from entry level through advanced courses and has developed curriculum on the skills needed to navigate the 21st century news landscape. She is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and has served on several university committees, including the Council on Liberal Education, the Senate Committee on Educational Policy and the Senate Committee on Disabilities Issues. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Daily and an adviser to the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Everyone understands the problem of disinformation in today's media landscape and the damage it can do to our civil discourse. What's often less clear is how to keep it at bay. Old strategies tied to the "deep attention" of critical thinking may not work when the goal of disinformation is to capture attention. This chat will discuss the work of journalists to expose disinformation and the skills readers need to avoid it - because the old reading strategies aren't working any longer. 

Barbara Peterson, Clinical Assoc Prof. UMN Nursing Apr 07, 2021
Committing to health equity and inclusion in Nursing and Nursing Education
Committing to health equity and inclusion in Nursing and Nursing Education

Barbara Peterson, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Barbara Peterson is Clincial Associate Professor with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and is the Specialty Coordinator of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Doctor of Nursing Practice (PMHDNP) program. Dr. Peterson is Director of Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity for the School of Nursing and combines her clinical, academic and personal commitment to increasing health and wellness for all people, creating equitable and inclusive spaces for service and learning, and providing holistic mental health care to underrepresented populations. In her 23-year career as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, she has practice in multiple care settings, mostly serving at-risk, highly vulnerable children and families.

The events of 2020 highlighted inequities and racial disparities in healthcare and in nursing. The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is committed to courageous transformational steps toward becoming more inclusive, equitable and diverse. Leaders in the school recognized that leading a school toward anti-racism requires a cominbation of reflection, commitment and action. 

Sean Poppoff-Exec. Director-Lions Gift of Sight Apr 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Lions Gift of Sight: The Past, Present and Future of Eye Banking
Lions Gift of Sight: The Past, Present and Future of Eye Banking

Sean and his family moved to the Twin Cities just over four years ago. Prior to moving, Sean worked in a variety of positions at the University of California, San Diego (where he graduated), the University of Washington, and Seattle Children's Research Institute. Sean moved here to serve as Dr. Erik van Kuijk's administrator in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences. About a year into Sean's tenure in Ophthalmology Dr. van Kuijk deployed Sean to Lions Gift of Sight to help with some business challenges. It is there that Sean found his passion in life to restore sight. Sean lives in Cottage Grove with his wife Haylee and their four children: Jestina (12th grade); Brinlee (10th grade); Emmeline (3rd grade), and Gabriel (K).

Sean will introduce eye banking and the importance of restoring sight. He will then give a brief history of eye banking focused on Lions Gift of Sight; present challenges (2020 in particular); and the direction that eye banking is headed. 

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