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2019 NABJ Media Institute on Education and Health
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2019 NABJ Media Institute on Education and Health

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

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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


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Friday, March 29

8 a.m. Registration (Social Lounge)

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.













Welcome and Breakfast (Social Lounge)                                                                                                            Opening remarks: Sarah Glover, NABJ President; Drew Berry, NABJ Executive Director; Co-chairs Cheryl Smith and Tanzi West Barbour; LaToya Foster, Director of Communications, Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C.

MC: Sasha-Ann Simons,Race and Identity Reporter

How Trump’s Gag Rule May Keep Black Communities in the Dark About Their Health, Powered by Planned Parenthood

According to Planned Parenthood, the Trump Administration’s gag rule could undermine Title X, a federal program dedicated to ensuring that people struggling to make ends meet can still access birth control, STI testing, and breast and cervical cancer screenings, by pushing providers like Planned Parenthood out of the program. Of the four million patients who rely on Title X health centers for essential reproductive health care, 22 percent are black. The gag rule also makes it illegal for health care providers in Title X to refer patients for abortion. This panel will dive deep on the impact the gag rule may have on black communities, how it relates to this country’s history of the medical mistreatment of black people, and how to hold the Trump Administration accountable.

Moderator: Tamika Turner, Associate Director, Constituency Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Panelists: Jessica Pinckney, Vice President of Government Affairs at In Our Own Voice; Ambalika Williams, Patient Advocacy Program Manager at Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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

Education Track Breakout Session (Convergence Center)

Telling the Story of “Public Education”

Public education systems continue to evolve in this country, particularly in response to technological advancement, new innovations in the sector and the introduction of a new “system” of public education
(through charter schools). Some may say we are grossly behind in preparing our students for college and/or careers, however, there are some shining stars within the public education ecosystem. This session will introduce you to some of our nation’s key thought leaders in public education and the systems or schools they are leading or have led, successfully. Join us for this creative discussion around the real story of public education.   

Moderator: Daarel Burnette, Staff Writer, Education Week

Panelists: Lewis Ferebee, Ph.D., School Chancellor, DC Public Schools; Marco Clark, Ph.D., CEO, Richard Wright Public Charter School; Lee Whack, Deputy Chief Communications Officer, Philadelphia Public Schools; Marla Dean, Ph.D., Executive Director, Bright Beginnings Child Care Center, Washington, DC


Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation Center 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, M.D., 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, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C.; 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 affecting 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: Adam Harris, Education Reporter, The Atlantic

Panelists: Michael Harriot, Journalist, The Root and Author of “Separate and Unequal: The Real Education Scandal Is America’s Affirmative Action Program for White People;” Tanesha Peeples, Journalist, Education Post and Creator of the Hope & Outrage Education Blog, Chicago; Erica Green, Education Reporter, New York Times, author of Louisiana School Made Headlines for Sending Black Kids to Elite Colleges. Here’s the Reality; Greg Carr, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University


Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation Center 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: Sherri Williams, Ph.D., American University and Jennifer Anne Bishop, Sc.D., M.P.H., Office of Women's Health

Panelists: Lisa Waddell, M.D., Senior Vice President for Maternal Child Health and NICU Innovation and the Deputy Medical Officer for March of Dimes; Linda Goler Blount, MPH, 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, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.




Lunch and Special Remarks (Social Lounge)       

MC: W. Imara CanadyNational Director, Communications & Community Engagement, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Chair, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition

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 movement in this country to effectively and permanently close the achievement gap that exists before the main and subgroups of students. 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 A. Walker, Education Reporter, Atlanta Journal- Constitution

Panelists: Naomi Shelton, Director of K-12 Education, UNCF; Robert Simmons, CEO, See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Schools, Washington, D.C.; Bernice Massiwer, Partnerships Manager, Coalition for Community Schools; Zachary Parker, Ward 5 School Board Member, Washington, D.C. State Board of Education


Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation Center  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 Americans, the prognosis is even more shocking. African Americans 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

PanelistsAlicia Georges, Ed.D., RN, FAAN, National Volunteer President of AARP and Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College of the City University of New York; and Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq, Regional Vice President, AARP and 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 the 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: Jason Allen, Special Education Teacher, Atlanta and Author of “EdLanta”; Aaron Maybin, Art Activist, Educator and Former Professional Football Player; Ashley Griffin, Education Trust 



Health Track Breakout Session (Innovation Center 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: Maranda C. Ward, Ed.D., Black Ladies 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.; Helene Felman, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician with the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C; Jill Bohnenkamp, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine


4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Networking Reception (Social Lounge)

MC: Jackson Muneza M'vunganyi, Multimedia Reporter, Host of UpFront, Voice of America 

Closing remarks: Sarah Glover, NABJ President; Co-chairs Cheryl Smith and Tanzi West Barbour; Dakarai Aarons, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Saturday, March 30

National Museum of African American History and Culture

*A limited number of passes will be distributed during the networking reception. The passes can be used anytime during the museum hours on Saturday, March 30.


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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


The group discount rate is no longer available. Please contact the hotel directly to discuss availability and rates.


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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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