Marching Toward Equity:

Providing Tools to Address the Social Determinants of Health and Wealth

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Social Determinants Overview & Sessions Introduction

Dawn Harris Jeffries, Ph.D.


Minding Social Determinants:
Setting the Mood Through Mindfulness

Dr. Danita M. Brown Young

What is mindfulness? What are the benefits of mindfulness and how do you practice it? This session will teach you about the origins of mindfulness; explain various mindfulness activities; and show you how mindfulness can change your life for the better.


A Prescription for Social Determinants Through the Embodiment of Equity, Empathy, & Naturally Occurring Social Networks: A Chat Amongst Friends

Maurice Sholas, MD, Ph.D.
Moderator: Dawn Harris Jeffries, Ph.D.

This session is a one-on-one discussion on naturally occurring social networks (NOSN).  Dr. Sholas will discuss methods for using NOSN to address the social determinants for people moving through trauma.  He will discuss how to become more resilient and improve daily living.


Social Determinants That Drive Well-Being Outcomes Panel Discussion

Doris Houston, Ph.D.
Dakesa Pina, Ph.D.
Moderator: Wanda Holloway L.C.S.W.

In this discussion, the panel of mental health experts emphasize the importance of self-care for mental and emotional well-being during uncertainty and social upheaval. Strategies for accessing culturally-responsive mental health resources and community-based services will also be provided.


A Seven-Minute Meal

Chef Zakiya Floyd

Chef Zakiya Floyd provides a quick 7-minute healthy-option meal demonstration.  We get a peek at how she uses cooking and nutrition as a form of self-care.

Mask Mouth

Dr. Christa Bell, DDS, and founder of
Just Kidz Dentistry

Dr. Christa Bell will share a brief video on oral care during COVID-19 and how to address the unwanted side effects of wearing a mask and “Mask Mouth.”

Social Determinants Through Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations: A Question & Answer Session

Jeff Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP, and Surgeon General of Alpha Phi Alpha
Leslie McKnight, Ph.D. – COVID-19 Vaccine
Moderator: Dawn Harris Jeffries, Ph.D.

Drs. Jeffrey Sterling and Leslie McKnight will answer questions submitted by members of the Central Illinois community to dispel myths and provide insights to keep you informed.


Social Determinants Impacting Equity in Health Care Equity Panel Discussion

Takeisha Charles Davis, MD, MPH
Chinelo Echeazu, MD
Jeffrey Sterling, MD, MPH, FACEP
Jerel Watson MD
Moderator: Jocelyn McClain, MD

The Healthcare Equity Panel will define and explore two major crises areas affecting health outcomes in the Black community; maternal/ fetal mortality and Black physician under-representation. Participants will gain an understanding of the far-reaching effects of the social determinants that contribute to poor health outcomes.


Social Determinants of Wealth: Tools for Seniors

Dawn Harris Jeffries, Ph.D.

Financial support for senior living expenses is often a struggle. Finding financial solutions can be a challenge.  There is stress and strain of finances or lack thereof. This session provides a comprehensive guide to assist in finding financial support.