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2019 NABJ Media Institute on Education and Health

 Export to Your Calendar 3/29/2019 to 3/30/2019
When: March 29-30, 2019
Where: Center for Total Health
700 Second St. NE
Washington, DC  20002
United States
Contact: Vanessa Johnson-Evans

Online registration is available until: 3/29/2019
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Institute Schedule


Join us at NABJ's innovative Media Institute on Education and Health in Washington, D.C., March 29-30. This conference will explore the intersections of health and education for people of color. The sessions will offer unique training, entrepreneurial guidance and networking opportunities that maximize the ability of media professionals to teach, compile, disseminate and chronicle information most significant to the black community. Emerge as a leader in education and health storytelling!


Host Location: Center for Total Health
700 Second Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Schedule is subject to change

*All meeting rooms are adjacent to the Social Lounge

Friday, March 29

8 a.m. Registration (Social Lounge)
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Welcome and Breakfast (Social Lounge), Sponsored by Planned Parenthood

Remarks by Sarah Glover, NABJ President and Drew Berry, NABJ Executive Director

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.                                      

Education Track Breakout Session (Convergence Center)

Telling the Story of “Public Education”

Data shows that less than 50% of Black students are graduating high school in four or less years through public education systems. Of that number, less than 10% are truly ready for college or to begin their careers. In Washington, DC, less than 16% of Black students are reading on grade level and less than 10% are proficient in math. What is this data telling us?  Join education advocate and award-winning journalist, Roland Martin (invited) as he explores this question and others like it with some of the most influential leaders in “public education.”

ModeratorDaarel Burnette, II, Education Week

Panelists: Dr. Andre Perry, Fellow, Brookings Institute; Erika Bryant, Executive Director, Stokes Public Charter School, Washington, DC; Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Chancellor, DCPS (invited); Dr. Marco Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts in
Washington, D.C.


Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation 1 & 2)

Eliminating Disparities in Care, Powered by the Center for Total Health
Many talk about decreasing disparities in care, but what would it take to eliminate disparities? Thinking bigger about social determinants of health and emerging technology such as electronic health records, we can proactively care for patients and implement changes across health systems to improve health care. Learn from Kaiser Permanente, DC Government and Henry Health about key initiatives to address the bigger picture of health for individuals and the communities in which they live.

Moderator: Jayne O'Donnell, Healthcare Policy Reporter, USA Today and Founder of the Urban Health Media Project

Panelists: Djinge Lindsey, MD, MPH, Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, Community Health Administration; Tinisha Cheatham, D.O., Chief of Adult and Family Medicine for the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland Service Area; Kevin Dedner, MPH, Founder & CEO, Henry-Health

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Education Track Breakout Session (Convergence Center)

Admissions Cheating Scandals: America’s Denial of Broken Education Systems

As written by Michael Harriot: “While the conversations surrounding the newly uncovered college cheating scandal have focused on the advantages of the wealthy, the hypocrisy of those who demonize affirmative action, and the outrageous hubris of the elite, there is one indisputable fact that most people have either consciously ignored or overlooked entirely: In America, white people get a better education.”

The Brown v. the Board of Education case heralded a landmark decision in 1954 for the civil rights movement. However, today, 65 years later we are faced with scandal after scandal in the myriad of education systems across the country. The moderator and panelists in this discussion know this topic well; so, let’s talk about it. When will enough be enough?

Moderator: Erica Green, Education Reporter, New York Times

Panelists: Michael Harriot, Journalist from The Root, author of Separate and Unequal: The Real Education Is America's Affirmative Action Program for White People; Tanesha Peoples, Journalist, Education Post, creator of Hope & Outrage education blog


Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation 1 & 2)

Black Maternal Mortality, Powered by the Office of Women's Health

While much has been done to improve infant mortalitymaternal mortality has gone unnoticed until recently. Yet we lose more than 700 women in the U.S. each year from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes. Black women have three times as high a mortality rate as white women during pregnancy or childbirth. This panel will shed light on the untold story of Black maternal mortality, its root causes, and what can be done to improve outcomes. Hear from families who have lived it as well as the experts who are fighting to shift the paradigm for Black women.


Moderators: Dr. Sherri Williams, American University and Jennifer Anne Bishop, Sc.D., M.P.H., Office of Women's Health

Panelists: Dr. Lisa Waddell, Senior Vice President for Maternal Child Health and NICU Innovation and the Deputy Medical Officer March of Dimes; Linda Goler Blount, M.P.H, President & CEO, Black Women's Health Imperative; Carly Sandy, M.D., FACOG, Obstetrics and Gynecology Service Chief for the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland with Mid-Atllantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Lunch and Special Remarks (Social Lounge)       

Featured Speaker: Angela Robinson, Co-star Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the Have Nots", Powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation

1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Education Track Breakout Session (Convergence Center)

Closing the Achievement Gap in our Communities

There is a war on education in this country and nowhere is that war more important than on Black and brown children, particularly in urban cities. By and large, this demographic is more often than not found at the bottom of most data measuring achievement levels in today’s education systems from preschool to higher education. This discussion will unpack the true impact of having an achievement gap, provide stories of innovative approaches that are being done to eradicate this reality, and provide answers to questions around what role do we all play in ensuring our children are achieving at mastery levels?

Moderator: Marlon Walker, Education Reporter, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Panelists: Naomi Shelton, Director of K-12 Education, UNCF; Robert Simmons, EdD, Chief Executive Officer, See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Schools



Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation 1 & 2)     

The Silent Epidemic: Alzheimer's Disease and African Americans, Powered by AARP
An estimated 5.7 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. By 2050, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise to nearly 14 million. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. For African Americas, the prognosis is even more shocking:  We are twice as likely than non-Hispanic whites to be afflicted with Alzheimer’s, a deadly, debilitating disease with no cure. The rate among Hispanics is 1.5 times that of non-Hispanic whites. This session will focus on why dementia disproportionately affects African Americans, the many challenges, from caregiving to finances, faced by patients and families, what we can do to improve our brain health, and why it’s important that journalists write about this issue.

Moderator: Veronica Byrd, Director of Media Relations, AARP

PanelistsDr. Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, the National Volunteer President of AARP, who is also a registered nurse, and professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College of the City University of New York and Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq, who leads management and oversight of AARP’s operations in the 7 largest states in the U.S.: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. He’s also an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law.

2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Education Track Breakout Session (Convergence Center)

Teacher Talk: Inside the Classroom from a Teacher’s Perspective

Teachers are faced with so many challenges on a daily basis. During this discussion, we are asking “what really happens inside the classroom?” Join us as Black teachers discuss issues like how they are achieving greatness even in overcrowded classrooms, what special education really is, the direct effects of lack of funding and technology, and the roles that we can all play in ensuring teachers are supported in ways that can help them be most successful.

Moderator: Julie Topping, Story Editor, Chalkbeat

Panelists: Shayna Hammond, Teach to Lead; Ashley Griffin, Education Trust; Jason Allen, Special Education Teacher, Atlanta and author of EdLanta; Aaron Maybin, Art teacher, Matthew Henson Elementary School

Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation 1 & 2)

Adverse Childhood Events, Powered by the Center for Total Health
With shootings and other violence in schools and across communities, KP has launched trauma-informed care initiatives in schools to help train teachers at recognizing signs of trauma and how to guide students to care.

Moderator: Dr. Maranda C. Ward, Black Leaders in Public Health and Assistant Professor at George Washington University

Panelists: Jan Desper Peters, Executive Director of the Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation, Inc. and Helene Felman, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician with the Mid-Atltantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C.

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Networking Reception (Social Lounge)

Closing remarks by Conference Co-chairs Cheryl Smith and Tanzi Barbour West and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Saturday, March 30

National Museum of African American History and Culture Tour

The passes can be used anytime during the museum hours. Limited number of passes available.

Registration Grant Application

Welcome to the online registration grant form. Applying for the 2019 NABJ Media Institute on Education & Health grant is now easier than ever!


Click HERE to apply for the registration grant by Friday, March 29, 2019.


For questions regarding your registration, please contact our registrar at or 301-405-0554 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT, Monday – Friday.


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Click HERE for Reservations

Group Rate: $185+ tax for single and double occupancy.

The cut-off date to make reservations under the group rate is March 22nd.


Thank you to our 2019 NABJ Media Institute on Education & Health Partners


















Custom partner opportunities are available. To discuss your options, reach out to Kaylan Somerville, NABJ Development Director, at or 301-405-6986.

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