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This Thursday: Conversations on Health Disparities with Dr. Duane Loynes, Sr.


Join us THIS Thursday, October 6, at noon in the Link Auditorium for a Conversation on Health Disparities with Dr. Duane T. Loynes Sr. about Cultural Humility. Dr. Loynes is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Africana Studies at Rhodes College. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP via Engage here. This event is part of the Co-curricular Certificate on the Social Determinants of Health. Learn more here!

Because the root cause of health disparities is social inequality, effective healthcare practice must become responsive in social context. Clinical practitioners who practice cultural humility can become more skilled and compassionate providers as well as more effective advocates for policy change that builds equity. This session will focus on building skills to practice cultural humility.

Dr. Duane T. Loynes Sr. holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Religious Studies from Marquette University. His research and teaching are situated at the sweet spot where race, philosophy, religion, culture, and justice intersect.

Dr. Loynes is currently researching the fractured relationship between Black communities and law enforcement, applying the theoretical frameworks of Afro-pessimism, critical race theory, and unconscious bias to understand the complex dynamics of anti-Black state violence in the United States. He also trains healthcare professionals and students on developing practices to minimize the role that implicit bias plays in framing the patient-provider relationship.

In addition to his appointment in the Urban Studies and Africana Studies programs, Dr. Loynes also teaches ethics and religion courses for the Life Program at Rhodes, and is a founding faculty member of the college’s post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Equity.