Educational Offerings for Community Partners

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Health Equity and Human Flourishing in Memphis

Rhodes College was recently awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will be used over the next three years to enable the college to bring health equity education to community partners in Memphis. Our goal is to help our partners find ways to collaborate to address the disparities that impair human health and flourishing and to see ways to build a culture of equity.

What do we mean by health and human flourishing?

Health and human flourishing are products of the social relationships that shape us as individuals and in communities. Health and well-being grow in egalitarian communities, and disparities take root amidst social inequalities. We can measure the justice of a society in the bodies of its people. The social forces that shape health and well-being include transportation, education, housing and neighborhood conditions, access to green spaces and art, employment and income stability, food, social support, religious belonging, and access to health care services. Migration, globalization, poverty, territory, and cultural are also powerful drivers of health and well-being.

Because the root challenge for building health equity is social inequality, not lack of access to medicine, solutions can only emerge when social forces align to offer fair chances for all people to flourish. Understanding where disparities grow and how to uproot them requires collaboration from all sectors of society. We plan to work especially with governmental, educational, philanthropic, and health care organizations.

Lecture Topics

Economic and Employment Opportunity
Dr. Keith Gibson, Assistant Professor of Political Science
 
Education
Dr. Laura Kelly, Assistant Professor of Elementary Literacy
Dr. Aixa Marchand, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. Laura Taylor, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology & Director of Urban Studies
 
Food 
Dr. Kimberly Kasper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
 
Gender and Sexuality
Dr. Ariel Eisenberg, Assistant Professor of History
Dr. Tyler Lefevor, Assistant Professor of Psychology
 
Greenspaces and the Arts
Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin, Assistant Professor of Theatre
 
Healthcare
Dr. Peter Hossler, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
Dr. Kendra Hotz, Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Robert R. Waller Chair of Population Health 
 
Housing
Dr. Peter Hossler, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
Dr. Evelyn Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology (Chair)
Dr. Shaolu Yu, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
 
Immigration
Dr. Abou-Bakar Mamah, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures
Dr. Shaolu Yu, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
 
Neighborhoods
Dr. Evelyn Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology (Chair)
Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology & Director of Urban Studies
Dr. Katherine White, Professor of Psychology (Chair) & Director of Fellowships Undergraduate Research
 
Policing and Incarceration
Dr. Stephanie Cage, Associate Director for the Turley Memphis Center & Director for Community Engagement for the Mellon Equity Grant
Dr. Duane Loynes, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and African Studies
 
Skills for Equity: Structural Competence and Cultural Humility
Dr. Duane Loynes, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and African Studies
Dr. Kristie Lipford, Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
 
Social Determinants of Health 
Dr. Kendra Hotz, Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Robert R. Waller Chair of Population Health 
Dr. Kristie Lipford, Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies
 
Transportation
Dr. Shaolu Yu, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies