Annual Martha’s Vineyard Forum: Take Two Aspirin: Race, Place and Health in the 21st Century

  • 10:30 AM
  • Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA

This summer our forum will explore issues that arise at the intersection of race and health.

In the morning we will begin, as always, with trailers from films we will be screening in the upcoming year. We will then honor several individuals who have served the public as both distinguished health professionals and as advocates for racial and social justice. We will also pay special tribute to performer and civil rights icon Harry Belafonte.

In the afternoon, we will explore the newly emergent field of social determinants of health from policy, scholarly, and practicing perspectives. Our panelists will include thinkers and policy makers as well as practitioners and community activists. We will explore the complex ways in which group membership can affect our health, and how we can all become more active proponents for the good health of all of us.

Moderator: Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.

Musical performances by Lawrence Watson

Confirmed participants:

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
  • Dr. Kenneth C. Edelin, Professor Emeritus, Boston University
  • Dr. Rodney G. Hood, President, Multicultural Primary Care Medical Group
  • Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Tina Young Poussaint, Professor of Radiology, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Consultant, Spencer Stuart
  • Dr. David Satcher, Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute
  • Monalisa Smith, President, Mothers for Justice and Equality
  • Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Dr. Augustus A. White III, Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. David R. Williams, Florence Sprague Norman & Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health

This event is free and open to the public. Limited lunch will be available for sale.

Event Videos:


Morning Panel

Music Tribute to Harry Belafonte

Afternoon Panel