2021 – Penn State College of Medicine

The 2021 [Virtual] Health Humanities Consortium International Conference explored the theme “Crisis and Community: The Role of Health Humanities,” March 25-27, 2021.


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MARCH 25, 2021
  • 1 to 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Presentations
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. Featured Presentation
MARCH 26, 2021
  • Noon to 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Presentations
  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Black Man in a White Coat (1.5 credit hours) Keynote Speaker Damon Tweedy, MDOBJECTIVES
    • Describe how medical education and the health care system have perpetuated health disparities.
    • Identify strategies to mitigate the harms of physician bias and patient mistrust on health outcomes.
    • Discuss the unique challenges and roles of Black physicians in the delivery of medical care.
MARCH 27, 2021
  • 10 to 11:15 a.m. PANDEMIC Ostalgie: HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 – Lessons for Pandemic Preparedness from the Humanities (1.25 credit hours) Keynote Speaker Rosemary Jolly, PhDOBJECTIVES
    • Describe fifth-wave public health and how it challenges existing concepts of public health priorities.
    • Compare the in-depth history of the comparative emergence of HIV and COVID-19 pathogens as zoonoses, dependent on phylogenetic studies contextualized within conditions of emergence of human/non-human animal interfaces.
    • Discuss decolonization of a) medical history and b) global health interventions.
    • Explain the ethics of considering pandemic conditions in terms of structural violence: settler colonialism; race; global capitalism, including a consideration of the level of the individual patient.
  • 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Presentations
MARCH 28, 2021
  • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Networking and Business Meetings