Closing General Session

1619 - 2019: Health and Justice Denied

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

For centuries, human bondage has challenged the health of communities of color and other underserved populations. This session will explore the health impact of human bondage to include mass incarceration, human trafficking and slavery in the United States and offer solutions to achieve health equity and bring a public health lens to solutions to these tragic determinants of ill health. 

Warren ReubenModerator — Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DrPH, MDiv
Warren is professor of bioethics and director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health at the Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Prior to his work at Tuskegee University, Warren was the associate director for environmental justice at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He previously served as associate director for minority health at CDC as well as the associate director for urban affairs at ATSDR. Warren also directed infrastructure development for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Makini Chisolm-StrakerMakini Chisolm-Straker, MD, MPH
Chisolm-Straker has been in the anti-trafficking field for over 14 years and is a co-founder of HEAL Trafficking. She conducts original public health research about human trafficking, educates clinicians on how to serve this patient population and advises and collaborates with policymakers on ethical, inclusive, person-centered anti-trafficking prevention and intervention efforts. Chisolm-Straker is interested in how primary prevention rooted in history, understanding of systems and intersectionality of experiences leads to effective anti-trafficking action.


Gail ChristopherGail Christopher, DN
Christopher is an award winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of health and well-being and in related public policies. She is known for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. She recently retired from her role as senior advisor and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was the driving force behind the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort. Christopher also served as Kellogg’s vice president for program strategy and worked on place-based programming in New Orleans and New Mexico. In 2015 she received the Terrance Keenan Award from Grantmakers in Health. She chairs the board of the Trust for America’s Health.

Thomas LaVeistThomas A. LaVeist, PhD, MA
LaVeist is dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has written for scientific journals as well as mass media outlets, authored six books, and is executive producer of "The Skin You’re In," documentary series about racial inequalities in health. He received the Innovation Awardfrom the National Institutes of Health, the Knowledge Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.