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Health Equity, Inclusion and The African American Community

23 Feb
When: Tuesday February 23rd, 12:30 pm - 01:30 pm

Award-winning filmmaker and health advocate and educator Terrance Afer-Anderson will screen excerpts from “The Black Walnut,” his film about the alarming prostate cancer disparity impacting African American men.

Afer-Anderson will then lead a panel discussion on health equity issues in the Black Community. Panelists will include: Mark Fleming, M.D., Past President, Virginia Oncology Associates; Natalie S. Burke, President & CEO, CommonHealth ACTION; Mekbib Gemeda, Vice-President, Diversity and Inclusion, Eastern Virginia Medical School; and Angela Mercer, M.D., Vice-President, Greater Norfolk Medical Society of South Hampton Roads. Viewers will be encouraged to submit questions and comments via the YouTube comments window.

This event is part of Tidewater Community College’s “My Thoughts My Voice My Art” series of music, visual arts, literary, and theatrical programming developed by the Arts & Humanities Pathway.

Inspired by direct questions posed by Tidewater Community College students, a panel of experts address the subject of empathy and its role in restoring balance and fostering positive change. The discussion centers around the power of empathy to transform relationships, circumstances, context and trajectory. Information about TCC student success and support resources developed in response to changing needs will be provided.

Free and open to the public, all are invited to join us for these compelling events featuring themes of diversity, adversity, inequality, social justice, and empowerment.

Events will include art exhibits, music and theatrical performances, lectures and panel discussions, and more. For more information, visit

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