Washtenaw County Public Health Schedules Symposium for March 23

A community event will be held on March 23 to discuss the historical context, current events, public health impact, and quest for solutions.

Brian H. Williams

The overarching goal of the symposium, sponsored by Washtenaw County Public Health and community partners, is to have a solution-oriented discussion about violent interactions between police and black Americans. The keynote speaker is Dr. Brian Williams, a trauma surgeon who cared for multiple police officers who were killed and injured from targeted shootings in Dallas, TX, in the summer of 2016. The shootings occurred after the police killings of two black men in Baton Rouge, LA and Minneapolis, MN.

What:  Symposium on Violent Interactions between Law Enforcement and Black Americans: A Discussion on the Historical Context, Current Events, Public Health Impact, and the Quest for Solutions
When: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 6-9pm
Where: University of Michigan School of Public Health II (SPH II) Auditorium, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Panelists will include:

    • Dr. Austin McCoy - Historian, Activist, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan
    • Sheriff Jerry Clayton - Washtenaw County Sheriff
    • Former State Representative David Rutledge - Michigan House of Representatives, District 54
    • The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Herbert Smitherman - Vice Dean of Diversity and Community Affairs and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and President and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation

Four action-teams will be created for symposium attendees to join:
    • Civic engagement/activism
    • Community-Police engagement/partnerships
    • Pipeline Programs: school (K-12) to careers in law enforcement
    • Advocacy
This event is free and open to the public. Community members, students, public health professionals, social scientists, legislators and law enforcement are especially encouraged to attend.
The symposium is organized by Washtenaw County Public Health, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, U-M Medical School, U-M Department of Internal Medicine, U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender, U-M Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, U-M School of Public Health, Students of Color of Rackham, Eastern Michigan University, and My Brother's Keeper-Washtenaw County.

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