Ripping the Band-Aid Off Series: Clinical narratives to address racism as a public health crisis (September-October 2020)

October 8, 2020


For too long our healthcare system has been a band-aid covering the festering wound of racism. Leslie Gregory, PA-C brings a powerful voice to show how ripping off the band-aid can promote the healing we and our healthcare system need. For many years, Leslie has been sounding the alarm that racism is a public health crisis. A crisis is a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger, when a difficult or important decision must be made. As persons on the healthcare team we are in a unique position to listen, hear, and be moved to action by the many clinical narratives that highlight the crisis of embodied and institutional racism. Our community of practice this month, co-hosted by Leslie Gregory and Rebecca Harrison will explore what it means when we say racism is a public health crisis, and what we can do about it.

Back by popular demand from the “Ripping the Band-Aid Off: Clinical narratives to address racism as a public health crisis” event on September 24, 2020!

First event was held on September 24, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The second event was held on October 8, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm.

Facilitator Bio

Leslie Gregory, facilitator, founder and director of Right To Health, an organization committed to health prevention and bringing people together to share, care and alleviate the disparities that come with racial injustice. A certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), navy veteran, and mother of two, Leslie is a longtime Portlander and social justice activist focused on healing those affected by everyday racism. She believes in the importance of taking a dynamic approach to teaching racial justice through health practices.

Rebecca Harrison, co-facilitator is a clinician educator, hospitalist, clerkship director and section chief in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She is a member of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative Board.

Event Details

October 8, 2020
3:00-5:00 pm (PST)


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