Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 & Minnesota’s Black Community

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF), Insight NewsNorthPoint Health & Wellness, Minnesota Community Care, The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and Children’s Minnesota have partnered to create a virtual town hall series that considers the impacts of COVID-19 on Minnesota’s African American community. The town hall takes place via Zoom and is live-streamed to our official Facebook page.

7/1 We Good?: Covid-19 Data & Defunding the MPD (Part II)

This is the second part of a conversation about COVID-19 testing and data, including infection rates in the Black community and access to testing for African Americans in Minnesota. Panelists will also discuss the issue of defunding and/or dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department and what that could mean for the Black community.

Event host: Brittany Lynch Wright

Participants:

  • Lisa Durden (Political Analyst & Social Commentator)
  • Andrea Jenkins (Minneapolis City Council VP)
  • Nekima Levy Armstrong (Lawyer, Professor, & Activist)
  • Dr. Kevin Gilliam (MD)

Guest Medical Expert:

  • Adriene Thornton, Nurse/ Infection Preventionist (Infection Prevention) at Children’s Minnesota

6/17  We Good? Virtual Town Hall: Covid-19 Data & Defunding/Dismantling the MPD (Part I)

Event host: Brittany Lynch Wright and Insight News

Participants:

  • Dr. Kevin Gilliam
  • Tracey Gladney (Associate Professor and Law Enforcement Program Coordinator, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice University of St. Thomas)
  • Commissioner Rebecca Lucero (Department of Human Rights)

Guest Healthcare Provider:

  • Adriene Thornton, Nurse/ Infection Preventionist (Infection Prevention) at Children’s Minnesota

6/10 | We Good? Mental Health, George Floyd & MN Protests

Event host: Brittany Lynch Wright and Insight News

Participants:

  • Reuben Moore (Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota Community Care)
  • Zadok Nampala (NorthPoint Health & Wellness Behavioral Health Department)
  • Dr. Joi Lewis (CEO/Founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and the Orange Method of Radical Self-Care)
  • Valerie Castille.

Guest Medical Expert:

  • Adriene Thornton, Nurse/ Infection Preventionist (Infection Prevention) at Children’s Minnesota

6/3 | We Good? Covid-19 & Black MN: Mental Health in the Black Community

Event host: Brittany Lynch Wright

Participants:

  • Dr. Lolita King (Licensed Psychologist)
  • Dr. Mike Troy
  • J. Phillip Rosier Jr. (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)

Guest Healthcare Provider:

  • Adriene Thornton, Nurse/ Infection Preventionist (Infection Prevention) at Children’s Minnesota

5/20 | We Good? Covid-19 & Black MN: Education

Event host: Insight News

Participants:

  • Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL – District 62)
  • Lauretta Dawolo Towns (Teacher, Roseville School District)
  • Lilian Ejebe (Attorney, Supervising Attorney Education Law Advocacy Project)
  • Dr. Theresa Battle (Superintendent Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191)
  • Rose McGee (Minnesota Humanities Center, 2019 Bush Foundation Fellow)
  • Nerita Hughes (Dean of Business, Technology, Career, and Workforce Development at North Hennepin Community College)
  • Dr. Carlton Jenkins (Superintendent for Robbinsdale Schools)

Guest Healthcare Provider:

  • Adriene Thornton, Nurse/Infection Preventionist (Infection Prevention) at Children’s Minnesota

5/7 | We Good? The Financial Impacts of Covid-19 on Black MN

Event host: Harry Colbert

Participants:

  • Kenya McKnight-Ahad (Founder and President of Black Women’s Wealth Alliance)
  • Anisha Murphy (Legal Advisor & Founder of Just Law LLC)
  • Nneka Constantino (Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch)

Guest Healthcare Provider:

  • Adriene Thornton, Nurse/Infection Preventionist (Infection Prevention) at Children’s Minnesota

4/23 | Why the Black Community is Vulnerable to the Virus & Why Some of Us Don’t Feel Safe Wearing Masks

Event host: Harry Colbert

Participants:

  • Julia Joseph-Di Caprio MD
  • MPH (Senior VP, Chief Medical Officer at UCare and a medical provider at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center)
  • Wes Berry-Belton (Case Manager and Advocate serving African American men at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center)
  • James C. Burroughs II (Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Children’s Minnesota)
  • Rahshana Price-Isuk (MD, Medical Director at Neighborhood Health Source)
  • Dieudonne Asambang (MA, LADC)

4/9 | Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 & Minnesota’s Black Community

Event host: Harry Colbert

Participants:

  • Stella Whitney-West (CEO, NorthPoint Health & Wellness)
  • Dr. Kevin Gilliam (Family Medicine, NorthPoint Health & Wellness)
  • Reuben Moore (CEO, Minnesota Community Care)