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Talk: “What’s the Community Got to Do with It? African American Community-Empowerment in Research and Intervention” by Cheryl Tawede Grills

Part of the CAS/MillerComm Lecture Series

Empirical data indicates significant health disparities among African Americans, including increased risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, asthma, and HIV. These unequal health outcomes are attributed in part to racial disparities in the health care system. Additionally, racial stress African Americans experience in daily life is linked to increased psychological distress, including depression and anxiety.

Internationally recognized scholar Cheryl Grills will discuss the applied community research she has conducted over the past three decades to decrease health disparities among African Americans. She will present community intervention efforts that have been proven to reduce distress and promote well-being in the face of racial stress, with a focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of Emotional Emancipation Circles.

The CAS/MillerComm public events series brings to campus people who offer unique cross-disciplinary contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

This Center for Advanced Study event is hosted by Community Healing and Resistance Through Storytelling (C-HeARTS) in conjunction with the Counseling Center, Counseling Psychology Program, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Department of Kinesiology & Community Health, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology, DREAAM House, First Presbyterian Church, and the Spurlock Museum.

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To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.