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Gannon Presents CHESS Speaker Series Event Featuring Uché Blackstock, M.D.

Published: 03/23/2021

Emergency physician and founder of Advancing Health Equity, Uché Blackstock, M.D.

Emergency physician and founder of Advancing Health Equity, Uché Blackstock, M.D.

Gannon University’s College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences is continuing its Spring 2021 CHESS Speaker Series, which furthers the conversation around racial injustices and offers insight into bringing meaningful change.

The series is a continuation of the Fall 2020 CHESS Speaker Series and is titled Racial Justice: Be the Change. This series was developed in response to increasing attention on widespread protests and advocacy. During this event series, national and local speakers offer valuable insights and engage Gannon and surrounding communities in dialogue and advocacy around issues of racial justice. This year-long examination of the issues and their possible solutions can inspire many to be the positive change needed in the world today.

The next event is this series, Mobilizing for Health Equity, will be held at 7 p.m. on March 24. This event, co-sponsored by the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences, features emergency physician and founder of Advancing Health Equity Uché Blackstock, M.D. Blackstock is committed to advancing equity in health care and addressing racial health inequities. Her work has been featured on the national scale in publications and in the news media.

Register in advance for this free webinar at:

The final event in this series is listed below. Register in advance and find more information about the CHESS Speaker Series at

> Friday, April 16 | 7:30 p.m.
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