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3rd Annual Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew, MD, Presentation on Health Inequities and Disparities

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Memorial Center for Learning & Innovation, 228 W. Miller St.


David McIntosh, PhD, will present "Authentic and Critical Conversations on Race, Health and Patient Care" at the annual lecture to honor Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew, MD. Dr. Mcintosh is vice president and chief inclusion and diversity officer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Dr. McIntosh's presentation will challenge listeners and leaders to create more equitable workplaces by evaluating the climate, measuring the presence of diversity in the environment and assessing the policies, programs, procedures and structures of organizations to ensure equitable outcomes for all people. Light refreshments will be provided starting at 5 pm in the MCLI, and the presentation will begin at 5:30.

The Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew, MD Forum on Health Inequities and Disparities will be held the following morning at the Dove Center, HSHS Prairie Heart Institute, 228 W. Miller St.  The discussion of health disparities and other factors that impact population health commemorates the life of a ground-breaking central Illinois physician.

Dr. Kenniebrew, a native of Warrior’s Point, Alabama, was the first African-American physician in the United States to build and operate a surgical hospital, the New Home Sanitarium in Jacksonville, Illinois, established in 1909. At its peak in the 1920s, New Home had 67 rooms, three laboratories, three surgeons and eight associated physicians. It served patients from 20 states and Canada.

Kenniebrew founded the hospital because he could not obtain medical privileges at area hospitals.

The son of a former slave, Kenniebrew was educated at Tuskegee University and was a friend, colleague and personal physician to Booker T. Washington. After relocating to Illinois, he persevered despite repeated road-blocks from the Jim-Crow world of the early 20th century.

His annual lecture sheds light on the history of health disparities, suggesting solutions to this resistant problem that negatively affects the lives of so many in the United States.

HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Memorial Health System and the SIU Foundation are underwriting the cost of the annual presentation.

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