Violence and Health Injustice Programming
The first event in a three-part series on Violence and Health Injustice featured guest speaker, Rupa Marya, MD, University of California, San Francisco. In her talk titled “Reframing the Dialogue: Racism and Police Violence,” Rupa used statistics, personal experiences as a physician in the Bay Area, and theory to illustrate the associations between police brutality and racism, and to argue compellingly for why this issue, in San Francisco and nationally, needs to be addressed by healthcare professionals. The event took place on October 12, 2016 at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul.
Part 2 - Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Communities
The second event in a three-part series on Violence and Health Injustice took place November 19 at the U of M and featured a keynote talk by activist Harsha Walia entitled "Global Crisis of Displacement and Undoing Border Imperialism."
The daylong seminar also focused on the political issues and health outcomes of refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented communities in the United states and Canada. Several panels of human rights lawyers, health care professionals, activists and refugees shared violence and health issues encountered by these communities. The panelists also explored potential paths to better political, health and healthcare outcomes.