On Climate and Health Equity

The 2020 University of Michigan MLK Symposium Health Sciences Lecture

On January 20, 2020, the U-M Health Sciences Committee presented its 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lecture featuring Jalonne White-Newsome, who earned her PhD from the U-M School of Public Health. The theme of the talk was “The (Mis)education of US on Climate and Health,” and it drew a large crowd of faculty, students, and staff to Dow Auditorium at University Hospital.

The event opened with attendees standing to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song historically referred to as the Black National Anthem.

White-Newsome, who is a senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation and also a researcher on climate, health and equity, delivered a compelling keynote address on the current national state of health equity as it relates to climate change. She described how health equity and climate change are directly related, in terms of dirty air, pollution, severe flooding and heat waves. Read more.

White-Newsome’s lecture was sponsored by the Health Sciences Committee that includes the School of Dentistry, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, the School of Social Work, the College of Pharmacy, the Medical School/Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI)/Michigan Medicine, the U-M Flint College of Health Sciences, and the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). More info on other  MLK Symposium events at U-M.