In our first panel discussion from 2020 Network Activation Grant Awardees, we experienced the excitement and possibilities for impacting equity and a culture of health through collaboration. In the following video, you will hear from Kent Key, Artina Sadler and Gregory Townsend about creating a resolution for declaring racism as a public health issue in Genesee County, Michigan and Birmingham Alabama. These efforts received national recognition and set a precedent for other cities and state to implement their own resolutions. Julie Fitch and Michael Chivas spoke about supporting the leadership and career development of individuals in LGBTQI communities in Louisiana. These projects were conceptualized and were new ideas that received support from the Network Activation Grants. Speakers illustrate the power that receiving this Network Activation Grant has in securing further funding for their projects.
Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Operationalizing, Implementing, and Evaluating Kent Key (COHL 1), Artina Sadler (COHL 2), and Gregory Townsend (COHL 1)
In June 2020, Dr. Kent Key authored a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in Flint/Genesee County, Michigan. The declaration was passed by the Genesee County Board of Health and Board of Commissioners. Dr. Key assembled a cross-disciplinary team from the Greater Flint Taskforce on COVID-19 and Racial Inequities to develop a strategic plan to operationalize the resolution.
This team, including Artina Sadler (COHL 2) and Gregory Townsend (COHL 1), has worked to create Community Action Council that serves as the decision-making body for this effort. They have also hosted over 5 community dialogues with over 200 residents across Genesee County to discuss what an anti-racist community would look like, and what we must do to get there.
In this session, we will share the background of this work, where we are in the development of the strategic plan, our next steps, and how we have been sharing our best practices with communities across the country including our partnering community in Birmingham, Alabama.
On LGBTQ leaders in HIV Movement: Julie Fitch (COHL 2) and Chivas Michael
The S.O.L.I.D. Initiative aims to dismantle white supremacy, transphobia and heterosexism at New Orleans area medical, medical research and public health organizations that provide services to LGBTQI+ People of Color, hire from within that community for entry-level community-facing positions, but are helmed by people who are overwhelmingly cis and white.
Our strategy is twofold:
- Confront racial, gender and economic injustice while building power and leadership by providing a year-long leadership and professional development fellowship to LGBTQI+ staff of color at partnering agencies
- Create positive sustainable change by identifying unjust and inequitable policies, hiring and promotion practices and employee benefits while assessing company climate, facilities, training and staff development as it specifically relates to LGBTQI+ staff of color at partnering agencies.
S.O.L.I.D. is led by Chivas Michael, the SOLID Initiative Manager and Julie Fitch, a Capacity Building & Mobilization Manager.