Meharry Virtual Health Summit Part II April 28th

Virtual Health Summit

Join us and be part of the solution in this second Health Equity Convening at Meharry Medical College. Panelists from the medical, dental, corporate and political realms will discuss how they’ve been able to successfully mobilize for action, leading the way towards better health equity for all. Panelists include: Meharry President James E.K. Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D., Representative James Clyburn (D-S.C.) Meharry Dental School Dean Cherae Farmer-Dixon, D.D.S., M.S.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.C.D., F.I.C.D., Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean, Vice President of Fair Count (Atlanta, Ga.), John Seigenthaler, Managing Partner with DVL Seigenthaler/FINN Partners, and many more! Get engaged and stay connected between sessions through the Consider It call to action forum!

Meharry Health Equity Convenings

Leading in Response to a Crisis: Health Integration, Innovation, and Social Justice

Meharry Medical College is conducting a series of convenings on the oral-systemic health connection. Initially planned as a two-day, in-person summit held on the Meharry campus, the summit has been reconfigured into a series of three virtual programs. Under the leadership of Dean Cherae Farmer-Dixon, a national committee of leaders from industry, academia, government, primary care and oral health, and professional associations is developing the programs.

The events of 2020, including the global pandemic and increased awareness of racial justice and health disparities, have encouraged a greater focus on systemic, structural, and cultural challenges to achieving overall health equity. The convenings will build on this momentum and prior work to integrate oral and overall health to chart a path towards accessible and affordable healthcare that is responsive to the outcomes of the November 2020 election.

Goal of the Convenings

The convening creates effective collaboration among thought leaders and medical and oral health experts to re-imagine and advance health equity, towards the goal of developing a roadmap towards accessible and affordable healthcare.

Guiding Principles

As a diverse national network of experts committed to health equity, we plan and conduct these convenings guided by the following intentions:

  • We encourage dialogue among multiple stakeholders to build new knowledge, share competencies, and promote collaboration
  • We are committed to a community-centered approach
  • We prioritize prevention of disease through the lenses of creating a culture of health, promoting cultural competency/humility, relying on science, and embracing innovation


  1. To elevate racial justice and equity and COVID-19 health disparities conversations towards mobilizing action and policy change.
  2. To incorporate economic, scientific, social, cultural, and professional concepts for treating the whole person and inclusive communities as a pathway to health equity.
  3. To increase understanding of the science and growing knowledge about the oral-systemic connection and the role of inter-professional education, and the importance of person-centered and community-informed care.
  4. To support a wide range of medical/health professionals in embracing oral health as part of overall health and wellbeing.

Convening Format & Process

  • Promote and conduct facilitated, virtual session(s) that reach a broad range of participants who are interested in oral-systemic integration as a core component of health equity.
  • Balance presentations and formal comment with ongoing input and engagement with participants, using Chat and Q&A functions on convening platform (likely Zoom), and tools such as Poll Everywhere.
  • Engage presenters in advance to both prepare for topics, comments, and direction, whether their participation will be live or pre-recorded.
  • Document and build on each session via summaries, planning committee review and suggestions, leading to a final roadmap document.


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