Acadia Senior College


Addressing Our Urgent Crisis: Racial Equity, Health, and Justice

October 29, 2021

12:00 Noon

Virtual presentation via Zoom

Epidemiologists have found that poverty is a significant antecedent to gun violence in American urban centers, a seismic epidemic that is the leading cause of death among African American men. Fatimah Loren Dreier, provides a framework for connecting structural harm with psychological trauma that makes the task of social mobility often misunderstood. In her talk, Fatimah will offer an analysis of race, criminal justice, and public health as she weaves her personal and professional experiences in public policy and social justice. 

Fatimah Loren Dreier is the Executive Director of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) and a Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Health Equity Leadership at Yale School of Management. The HAVI is a national network of hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) serving violently injured patients by addressing the social determinants of health. Through innovative community/hospital partnerships in over 80 Cities in the US and abroad, the HAVI has expanded health-based, trauma-informed care by cultivating a powerful national alliance of ER doctors, trauma surgeons, researchers, violence prevention professionals, and communities impacted by violence. Fatimah’s vision for social change has been shaped by a rich heritage of resilience in the wake of harm: from her father‘s incarceration to her family’s experiences with homelessness. She is fighting for a system that centers racial equity, preventative public health strategies, and trauma-informed care delivery. 

Prior to joining the HAVI, Fatimah was Deputy Director of Equal Justice USA, a national criminal justice reform organization in which she led an award-winning program on community trauma and police-community relations. Fatimah has received numerous honors and distinctions including 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Fellowship. She is a psychotherapist by training and a proud Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her work at the HAVI has been featured in TIME Magazine, NY Times, CNN, NBC News, Health Affairs, and The Trace. 

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Addressing Our Urgent Crisis: Racial Equity, Health, and Justice