One can safely assume Debra Furr-Holden deeply cares about the community of Flint, Mich. As a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in the newly-formed MSU College of Human Medicine Division of Public Health, Furr-Holden is examining solutions that will lead to reducing health disparities in Flint, the state and beyond.
Looking at Flint: The Past, Present and Future of the City
Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer, blogger, educator, and an authority on race in contemporary black America, spoke at the inaugural JHU Forum on Race in America, a new series of mixed-format discussions that provide a vehicle for critical analysis and dialogue on ways that race and racism affect American life and culture.
With the recent events unfolding in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health convened their students, faculty, and staff on campus on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 to go over updates on important news, details about the School’s response, information on opportunities for service, and insight via relevant research, writing, and other content. These messages were coordinated by the Office of Public Health Practice and Training with the assistance of a team of engaged graduate students, and the proceedings were introduced by JHSPH Dean Michael Klag, Associate Dean Josh Sharfstein, and JHSPH associate professor Debra Furr-Holden. This internal conversation was an early step toward the development of longer term strategies and plans, and also the development of an upcoming public event scheduled for Friday, May 8th, 2015.
In her talk, Dr. Furr-Holden focuses on the fact that incarceration can be viewed as a disruption to ones life and among many other things incarceration has an impact on the individual, their community and the larger society She states that incarceration undermines ones human capital and basic capacity to be a thriving member of the larger community and also to be economically viable.