Population Health Events

Community Grand Rounds: Healing the Trauma of Racism

Launching in 2018 and concluding in 2020, Community Grand Rounds will host local and nationally-recognized speakers who will discuss the issues of health equity and population health. Speakers will address the health implications of severe psychological trauma and racism as well as the emerging science of epigenetics and social genomics. The event is designed for professionals in medicine, allied health fields, and social work as well as government leaders and community members.


Lynn Todman

“Through the gift of art and this upcoming speaker series, our hope is that we will help foster a healing environment for people of all backgrounds both inside and outside our hospital”

Lynn Todman, PhD, Executive Director of Population Health, Lakeland Health

In Berrien County, poor people, especially African Americans, experience high rates of the illness, identified as Priority Health Needs, in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. Data provided by the Berrien County Health Department finds blacks have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, stroke, and psychological distress when compared to whites. While these differences are attributable to poor access to resources required for good health such as healthy food, quality education, and safe housing, emerging science suggests that the experience of discrimination is strongly associated with health inequities.

Community Grand Rounds is a collaborative effort between Spectrum Health Lakeland and The Todman Family Foundation.

For any questions about the speaker series, please contact Meg Gallert at (269) 983-8267

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