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Health Care: A Big Issue for Oklahoma

Virtual Program August 17, 2021 7:00 pm

Event Details

This program addresses the positionality assigned to minority communities within the context of health care.  Attendees are encouraged to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot which will serve as the primary text for the discussion.  The book tells how Henrietta's cells--taken without her knowledge, grown in culture, and bought and sold by the billions--became one of the most important tools in medical research.  The author's work, with the facilitation of guest speaker Jessica Blanchard, Ph.D., will offer an extraordinary journey from the "colored" wards of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy and how this impacts Oklahoma.

To register for this event, please contact project director Glenn Lane at hello@thickdescriptions.org or (405) 397-0584.

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