On Monday, February 25, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will host, “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” a special symposium to honor the life of Dr. Shalon Irving and to advance the agenda to eliminate racial disparities in maternal health.
Dr. Irving, a Bloomberg School alumna and epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dedicated her life to understanding how structural inequality, trauma and violence affect health over a lifetime. She passed away unexpectedly in 2017, just three weeks after giving birth, calling national attention to disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality among black women in the U.S. Numerous media outlets, including NPR, covered her story.
The symposium will convene thought leaders across Johns Hopkins schools of public health, medicine and nursing as well as policymakers and public health experts.
Co-sponsors of the event include the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and the Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex and Gender Research.
The event will be webcast from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., ET on Monday, February 25.
More details about the event.