Ohio University

Lecture in Bioethics Series
Dr. Jennifer Horner Lecture in Bioethics Series

Week of February 22, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Horner Lecture in Bioethics Series

Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions is extremely proud to host the Dr. Jennifer Horner Lecture in Bioethics Series. The series is held each spring and focuses on ethical issues in biomedical and rehabilitation science research and practice.

This year's event will take place virtually between Monday, February 22 and Friday, February 26; each event will focus on the "bioethics of racism and health disparities." 

A complete schedule of events is listed below.

Note: Event links will be delivered to the email address you provide within your RSVP.

 

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Learn more about this year's keynote speaker

Learn more about this year's panel discussion participants 

Meet CHSP's Interdisciplinary Research Committee
 

A special thank you to Merri Biechler, director of OHIO's School of Theater, for her generosity and assistance. 

Her new project, with co-creator Samuel Dodd, is entitled The Healthy Village: Immersive Healthcare Theater. It uses fine arts techniques and methods to teach healthcare students to work in partnership with their patients.

Healthy Village is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts (COFA) and The College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) through the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies (IHS). This collaboration is reflected in the interprofessional education for CHSP students in academic courses offered by IHS for undergraduates and graduate workshops.


The Bioethics of Racism and Health Disparities

Monday, February 22, 2021

Virtual Keynote Event

5 PM

Welcome/Introductions
Dr. John McCarthy, Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professions

5:15 - 6 PM

Keynote Speaker
Yvonka Hall, Executive Director of Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition
The Cure for Black Trauma is Justice: Engagement through a Blurred Lens

6 - 6:15 PM

Closing Remarks & Upcoming Events
Dr. John McCarthy, Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences and Professions

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Virtual Panel Discussion Event

12 PM

Welcome/Introductions
Dr. Caroline Kingori, Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Health Sciences and Professions

12:05 - 1:25 PM

Panel Discussion

Ashley Tennessee
DHA, MBA, MPH – Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies

Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup
DHSc, MS, MA - Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies

Sherry Shamblin
PhD, PCC-S – Hopewell Health Center

Shannon Nicks
PhD, MPH – Department of Social and Public Health

Lindsay Dhanani
PhD – Department of Psychology

Ruth Dudding
CHES, C-CHW - Athens City-County Health Department

1:25 -1:30 PM

Closing Remarks & Upcoming Events
Dr. Caroline Kingori, Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Health Sciences and Professions

 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Virtual Audio Plays

12 PM

Welcome/Introductions
Tobe Gillogly, Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies, College of Health Sciences and Professions

12:05 - 12:50 PM

Audio Presentations
Courtesy of OHIO's College of Fine Arts, each presentation is geared toward increasing awareness regarding health disparities

A special thank you to Merri Biechler for her generosity and assistance. Her new project, with co-creator Samuel Dodd, is entitled The Healthy Village: Immersive Healthcare Theater. It uses fine arts techniques and methods to teach healthcare students to work in partnership with their patients.

Healthy Village is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts (COFA) and The College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) through the department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies (IHS).  This collaboration is reflected in the interprofessional education for CHSP students in academic courses offered by IHS for undergraduates and graduate workshops.

12:55 - 1 PM

Closing Remarks & Upcoming Events
Dr. Caroline Kingori, Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Health Sciences and Professions

 


Learn more about our keynote speaker

Ms. Yvonka Marie Hall, MPA

Serves as the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition and co founder of the Cleveland Lead Safe Network. 

She is a nationally recognized award winning health disparities expert and serves on the board the Ohio Healthy Homes Network; Health & Human Services Region V Health Education Advisory Committee; Multi Ethnic Advocates for Cultural Competency (MACC) and a member of the United Way Accountable Communities Health Committee. 

She is a proud member of the National Council of the Negro Women Cuyahoga County Section, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Greater Cleveland Chapter and the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Greater Cleveland Chapter. She was recently elected to the Democratic Party of Cuyahoga County Central Committee Member representing District N. The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition was named the 2019 Voices of Health Champion by Aetna, received the 2019 National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Distinguished Health Leadership Advocate Award and the El Hasa Temple Afro American Women of the Year 2019.

The 1974 murder of her mother dramatically changed her life; her childhood promise to use her life to help others has lead to the creation of cutting edge programs and impacted thousands of people’s lives including No More Tears-When Your Sweetie Ain’t So Sweet, LEAV Leadies Escaping All Violence and MOVE Men Overcoming Violent Environments.

She speaks across the country regarding Effective African-American Engagement. She organizes a national conference every year focused on the State of African American Health Disparities. She is a published author lending her story The Making of a Public Health Emergency to the book Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio and Racism, Hypocrisy, and Bad Faith: A Moral Challenge to the America I Love.

Ms. Hall has hosted local conversations throughout Northeast Ohio geared towards creating solutions in health, education, criminal justice and youth engagement. Her local conversation on the Department of Justice Community Corrective Action Report was utilized by the city of Cleveland to craft the consent decree. She is the first African American in the state of Ohio to run a syringe exchange harm reduction program. Her efforts over the last four years to bring local legislatures to the table to create a lead safe Cleveland has lead to a national awareness and support of her local efforts. Her strength and tenacity will save many children from the lifelong impact of lead poisoning. 

She is a proud mother, grandmother and activist deeply impassioned and involved in social justice activities. She is a graduate of John Marshall High School in Cleveland, Ohio and an inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame. She is part of numerous justice groups including Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail; Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing(CLASH); Clevelanders Organized for Regional Development (CORD); Pregnancy and Infant Loss Committee (PAIL) and the Ohio Lead Free Kids Coalition.

Whether it’s speaking against environmental issues, systemic racism, cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, environmental hazards, domestic violence, housing disparities, mental illness, juvenile justice, employment, education or hosting community forums, she uses her voice to make a difference in the lives of others.
 


Learn more about our panelists

Dr. Lindsay Dhanani
An assistant professor in the psychology department at Ohio University. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2017 and joined the faculty at OU shortly after. Her research primarily focuses on workplace discrimination and other unique barriers that affect the work experiences of minority employees. She is interested in understanding what contextual and individual characteristics are associated with discrimination, how experiences of discrimination affect minority health, and what organizational and individual interventions can be used to reduce discrimination’s occurrence and/or its associated harm. She has received grant funding for her research on workplace discrimination from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as well as from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 

Ruth Dudding
Ruth Dudding, CHES, C-CHW, is the Director of Community Health and Engagement at the Athens City-County Health Department in Southeastern Ohio. Ruth received her BS in Community Health in 1987 and became a certified Community Health Worker in 2016. Ruth works with communities and health systems to prevent chronic disease and improve health equity in Athens County. The focus of her work is to improve access to healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and strengthen access to health care. Through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ruth has been able to work with the Training and Research Support Centre to study social participation in health from international communities.  

Dr. Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup
Dr. Hendricks-Sturrup is an adjunct faculty member within Ohio University's Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies, a Research Fellow at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and Health Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. Dr. Hendricks-Sturrup's work involves using mixed-methods research to explore and address ethical, legal, and social issues and implementation barriers at the forefront of health policy and innovation. Her research centers on generating best practices for the use and processing of health and genetics data.

Dr. Shannon E. Nicks
Dr. Nicks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Public Health. She earned her PhD and MPH, concentrating in Behavioral Science and Health Education, from Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice in 2016 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Nicks' research focuses on using community-engaged approaches to examine health disparities and promote health equity. Currently, her work examines the influence of social support on health behaviors and health outcomes related to cancer, rural health, women’s health, and diabetes. Additionally, Dr. Nicks teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving as primary instructor for numerous public health courses.

Dr. Sherry Shamblin
Sherry Shamblin is the Chief Strategy Officer for Hopewell Health Centers.  In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the agency’s strategic vision through developing external relationships, developing new projects, writing grants, and supervising multiple teams within Hopewell including behavioral health clinics, the early childhood team, and the quality team. She is an Independently Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Supervisor in Ohio with over a decade of experience working with young children and their families.  Dr. Shamblin has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Ohio University and has completed advanced training in Integrated Care from including Cherokee’s Integrated Care Academy, Post-Masters Certificate in Behavioral Health Integration from the University of Massachusetts, and has trained other local, state, and national providers on principles of integrated care through Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children, Ohio University, the Ohio Department of Health, and at national conferences.

Dr. Ashley M. Tennessee
Dr. Tennessee is a native New Orleanian who serves as a Course Instructor for Western Governors University in the College of Business for the Master of Business Administration in Healthcare degree program. Dr. Tennessee also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Ohio University in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies. Dr. Tennessee previously served at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professions Division of Health Professions as an Assistant Professor. Before relocating to Charleston, SC, Dr. Tennessee served as Assistant Director for the Office of Continuing Medical Education for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and as Leading Faculty Area Chair for the College of Health Professions Division of Wellness for the University of Phoenix Memphis campus and served as an Associate Faculty for the Division of Humanities. Dr. Tennessee was awarded, with honors, her Doctorate in Health Administration and Leadership from MUSC, her Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Memphis, and her Master of Science in Public Health in Health Systems Management from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Tennessee holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Tennessee is a published author in the American Journal of Public Health as well as the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Dr. Tennessee has published several abstracts in proceedings for National Conferences in addition to receiving multiple honors throughout her career. Dr. Tennessee is most proud of her receipt of the 2014 Academic Leadership Award for her exemplary service, leadership, and dedication to the University of Phoenix Memphis campus. Dr. Tennesse strives to leave a legacy of dedication and commitment to higher education. 
 


Meet CHSP's Interdisciplinary Research Committee

John McCarthy, PhD, MS
CHSP Interim Dean

Caroline Kingori, PhD, MPH
CHSP Interim Associate Dean for Research

Mel Brandau, PhD, MS 
School of Nursing

Sarah Garlington, PhD, Mphil, MSSW
Department of Social Work

Tobe Gillogly, MS, PTA
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies

Angela Hillman, PhD, MS
School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness

Char Miller, DNP, MSN
School of Nursing

Chorong Oh, PhD, MA         
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences   

Cristina Popescu, PhD, PhD, MA      
Department of Social and Public Health 

Kerri Shaw, MSW     
Department of Social Work  

Kristin Schuller, PhD, MHA
Department of Social and Public Health

Jeff Vasiloff, MD, MPH
School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences