Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has made a significant, ongoing commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.  For many years, our school has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Alonzo Kenniebrew during Black History Month with an award in his honor, a dinner, a speaker, and a community discussion the following day. This year we are expanding the event to include the first annual Kenniebrew conference, dedicated to centering and advancing equity and justice work in medical education and in our communities. This one-day, in-person conference is an excellent opportunity for physicians, resident physicians, medical students, and medical educators interested in presenting in a supportive environment at a regional conference. The conference is provided by SIU School of Medicine - Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, HSHS and Memorial Health. 

General information

This conference will be held in the MG Nelson Family Auditorium at the Memorial Learning Center, 228 West Miller Street, Springfield, Illinois.  For general information regarding the course, please email or call 217-545-7711.


Please complete the registration form and return it with the appropriate fee.  Registration the day of the conference begins at 7:45 am, and the conference convenes at 8:30 am.  Registration fee includes meals, breaks and conference materials.  

Cancelation policy 

Registration fees are refundable, less a $35 processing fee, if requested prior to February 10.  After February 10, only substitutions are allowed.  (Advance notice of substitute attendee is appreciated.)  

Special assistance

SIU School of Medicine wishes to assure that its activities are accessible to all individuals.  If you need any of the services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Office of Continuing Professional Development at 217-545-7711 at least 10 days in advance.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Memorial Health, and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS).The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation statement

The SIU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Other credit

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  

Determination of credit is pending.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.  Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 7.25 AAP Category 1 CME credits for completing this program.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME as an equivalent number of hours of participation.

SIU School of Medicine is preapproved as a continuing nursing education provider pursuant to Section 1300.130, subsection c), 1), B) and P) of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Nurse Practice Act.  Nurses may receive a maximum of 7.25 contact hours for completing this activity.

SIU School of Medicine is a licensed provider for continuing education for nursing home administrators (license #139-000027), social workers (license #159-000106), clinical psychologists (license # 268-000008) and professional counselors/clinical counselors (license number 197-000073).  This program offers a maximum of 7.25 CE hours.

All other attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Disclosure policy

It is the policy of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine that speakers, planners and anyone in control of content disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s).  The SIU School of Medicine Office of Continuing Professional Development has policies in place that will identify and mitigate all conflicts of interest prior to this activity.  Detailed disclosure will be provided prior to the start of the activity.

Conference co-directors

Wendi Wills El-Amin, MD
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
SIU School of Medicine

Kemia M. Sarraf MD, MPH
Adjunct Asst. Professor
Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Department of Medical Humanities
SIU School of Medicine


  • Sheila Caldwell, PhD
  • Maiysha Clairborne, MD
  • Ann-Gel Palermo DrPH, MPH


7:45 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration    
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.   Welcome & Overview  - Wendi El-Amin, MD

8:45 - 10 a.m.    Opening Keynote - Maiysha Clairborne,    The Perspective You May Be Missing

10 - 10:15 a.m.  Transition/Break

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  Workshop Session I
1. Inclusion First - Kerri Lockhart, MD, FAAP, CPC, TIPC
2. Bias: Who Me?! - Safiya McNeese, MD, Deja Finley, PharmD
3. An Analysis of Equity and Inclusion in Your Work Space -  Susan Hingle, MD, FRCP, MACP, Heeyoung Han, PhD, Vidhya Prakash, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAMWA, Wendi El-Amin, MD, Harini Rathinamanickam, MD
4. Anti-Bias Training - Kelly Hurst, PhD

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.    Break and Lunch pickup

11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.    Lunch Panel Discussion                    

Kemia Sarraf, MD, MPH, RCC, TIPC
Christopher Smyre, MD
Wendi El-Amin, MD
Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH
Maiysha Clairborne, MD
Sheila Caldwell, PhD

12:45 - 1 p.m.    Transition & Break

1 - 2 p.m.      Workshop Session II

1. What Happened? How reflective tools in character development can work towards addressing racial disparities in health care -Shree Patel, Madison Bandler, MS4, Debra Klamen, MD, MHPE, Anna Cianciolo, PhD
2. Experiences with Social Injustice and Mental Health: Observations from Clinical Practice  - Ayame Takahashi, MD, Keisha Powell, MD
3. Listen to Hear - Raven Dodson
4. Latinx, Dreamers, and Immigrant Communities: Healthcare Equity is About Community Connection, Advocacy, and Solidarity - Veronica Espina, MA

2 - 2:15 p.m.        Transition & Break

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.        Workshop Session III
1.    Anti-Bias Training - Kelly Hurst, PhD
2.    Change Management to support DEI efforts - Sookyung Suh, PhD, Susan Hingle, MD, FRCP, MACP
3.    Hear Them: Birth Equity and the African American Mother  - Safiya McNeese, MD, Deja Finley, PharmD
4.    Shared Decision-Making - Chris Smyre, MD,  Vidhya Prakash, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FAMWA

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.        Transition & Break

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.        Closing Keynote Plenary & Q&A  - Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH The Power of Counternarrative

4:45 - 5 p.m.        Closing remarks: What Next? - Wendi El-Amin, MD