Racial Equity in School Health: A Groundwater Approach

By: Emily Barbo Posted on: Fall 2017 Topics: Public Health Workforce, school nurses, training

MDPH and SHIELD are pleased to announce an exciting new workshop entitled: Racial Equity in School Health: A Groundwater Approach, which is being offered by the Race Equity Institute (REI) of Greensboro, NC.   This lively and interactive program will establish a foundational understanding of how race-based structural inequities impact school health access and outcomes. This foundation will provide school health team members with a basic understanding of how racism is structural in nature and what that means for their work, their schools, and the communities they serve.

We encourage districts to send multi-disciplinary health teams to this program, including (but not limited to) school nurses, athletic trainers, counselors, and psychologists.  This course will be offered three times during the school year. The first session is being offered November 7, 2017, in Sturbridge, MA. Two additional trainings will be offered March 27 and April 24.

To register, visit SHIELD Live Programs.


Meet the Trainers:

Deena Hayes-Greene

Deena Hayes-Greene is Managing Director of the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and brings over 15 years of experience as a community and institutional organizer. She is currently training with several anti-racist organizations, where she provides in-depth analysis of systemic and historically constructed racism and its impact on contemporary systems and institutions across the United States. Deena has worked extensively across the country, including in Alaska.

Her institutional work has been primarily in the areas of Social Services / Health and Human Services, public and private education, Higher Education, Judicial  / Disproportionate Minority Contact initiatives, public health and non-profits. She was initially elected to the Guilford County Board of Education in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 2014 and 2016.  She currently chairs the Achievement Gap, School Safety, and the Historically Underutilized Business Advisory Committees for Guilford County Schools.  She also serves on the Ole Asheboro Street Neighborhood Association,  the Guilford County Gang Commission, and as board chair at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Deena is a former Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Greensboro and has received numerous awards and citations for outstanding leadership. She lives with her family in Greensboro, N.C.


Jennifer Schaal

Jennifer Schaal, M.D. completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota and practiced gynecology in a small private practice until she retired in 2006.  While in practice she was a clinical investigator for the HERS (Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement) and ERA (Estrogen Replacement and Atherosclerosis) studies and was on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s Health Initiative.  Her committee work included service on the Moses Cone Hospital Institutional Review Board, Ob/Gyn Peer Review Committee, Pharmacy Committee and the Oncology Executive Committee.  Dr. Schaal is a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (GHDC), which was organized in 2002.  She served as co-chair of the GHDC for two years and as secretary for 5 years. She is a member of the board of directors for The Partnership Project, the fiscal agent for the GHDC.

As a medical-community member of the GHDC, she participated as an interviewer and Critical Incident Technique analyst for the GHDC’s CCARES (Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study).  She assisted in the planning, design, implementation, and analysis of the “Respectful Prescribing” study, a pilot study for the Community Translational Science Award Grant Application by the UNC Center for Community and Clinical Research. She has been an active participant in the development and implementation of the GHDC’s Health Equity Training.  For the GHDC’s current NCI-funded Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE) study she was the community co-lead for analysis and interpretation of focus group data; participated in development and presentations of Healthcare Equity Education & Training; and training and supervising telephone interviewers for ACCURE. With Dr. Eng and other academic and community partners she has delivered keynotes for University of New Mexico, University of Michigan, and Asia Institute in Cambodia; co-presented scientific presentations at APHA in 2008, 2014, 2016; co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and book chapters; and served as Community Expert for CBPR Charrettes and co-trainer for multiple 2-day CBPR workshops.  In addition, she has served on multiple research advisory boards and has been a community partner with other investigators on CBPR projects.  She is active with the Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance and as a trainer for the Racial Equity Institute.


Bayard Love

Bayard “Bay” is an organizer, trainer and projects manager with REI. He holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University.

Bay spent the first part of his career founding and building a health clinic in post-Katrina New Orleans, where he was part of a 3-person leadership team and involved in a number of rebuilding and community development initiatives. He left New Orleans to complete his graduate studies in North Carolina and then began the second stage of his career as a consultant at a premier corporate strategy firm from 2014 – 2015. Bay moved to Greensboro, NC to invest more fully in racial equity work and to serve as COO / Director of Development at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, where he worked closely with the CEO and board until February of 2016.

Since 2006, Bay has provided training and consulting services to organizations working to incorporate racial equity principles. He has worked in over 12 states and 2 countries.

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