June 14-16: Conference on the History of African Americans in the Medical Professions

Participate in a Conference on the History of African Americans in the Medical Professions (CHAAMP), June 14-16.

CHAAMP promotes diversity in the health professions through education and public programming. This free conference, sponsored by the University of Virginia and hosted by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences, is designed to disseminate resources focusing on the history and impact of African American health professionals, particularly in the 20th century.

Speakers will address the need for greater diversity of the health professions and how the learning environment serves as a barrier to achieving this national goal. Educators actively engaged in teaching will describe their programs and feedback from students about the richness and meaning of these courses. Participants will learn about, and get practice accessing free online resources designed for use in the classroom from middle school to universities and health professions schools.

Speakers will also describe traveling exhibits that feature the historic contributions of African American health professionals and scientists in advancing the health of the American public. They will provide information on how to request free of charge use of these exhibits, and examples on how colleges and libraries have incorporated these exhibits into Black History Month, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and public outreach activities.

Registration for this meeting is free. Register here. The meeting takes place at the National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.