Events

Break barriers even while breaking away from it all. Whether having a porch conversation, lounging on Inkwell, or at a Union Chapel event, thought leaders have always leveraged their time on Martha’s Vineyard to tackle systemic inequities and transform the lives of Black people across the nation.

Boston Medical Center is committed to advancing the conversation and transforming the health and wellbeing of the communities that we serve. As a national leader in health equity, we are committed to advancing Black mental health and economic mobility. We know you are, too. So, let’s connect. Let’s be in community.

Join us on the Vineyard on August 6 and 7 as we host two discussions focused on addressing the inequities faced by our communities, locally and nationwide.

Beyond Stereotypes: Navigating the Complexity of Black Men's Mental Wellbeing

Tuesday, August 06, 2024
12 - 2pm
Private residence in Tisbury, MA

In a candid and thought-provoking discussion, experts and community leaders will come together to discuss the often-overlooked challenges surrounding Black men’s mental health. Unpacking the layers of societal expectations and historical traumas, the discussion will shed light on the unique challenges faced by Black men in accessing mental healthcare. From the pressure to embody strength to the impact of systemic racism on psychological wellbeing, panelists will underscore the urgent need for culturally sensitive support systems and destigmatization within Black communities. Join us in advocating for a brighter future where we discuss community-driven initiatives to foster healing, resilience, and empowerment among Black men.

Moderator & Speakers

Symone Sanders Townsend
Moderator

Political strategist and commentator; Host, MSNBC's 'The Weekend'

Dr. David Henderson
Speaker

Chair of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Chief of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center

Demond Martin
Speaker

Co-founder and CEO, WellWithAII

Will Packer
Speaker

Actor, CEO/Founder, Packer Productions

Economic Mobility as a Pathway to Health Equity

Wednesday, August 07, 2024
4 - 5:30pm
Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs, MA

Join us for an engaging panel discussion on economic mobility in the Black community, where we dig into the transformative power of economic advancement as a catalyst for health equity. We will explore the crucial topic of access to home ownership, recognizing the historical context of redlining and its lasting impact on Black families. We will also discuss initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and small business development within the Black community. Solutions we will explore include access to capital, mentorship, and resources that can provide the necessary support to foster sustainable economic growth and financial stability. This dynamic conversation will challenge existing paradigms and ignite actionable ideas to drive meaningful change.

Moderator & Speakers

Symone Sanders Townsend
Moderator

Political strategist and commentator; Host, MSNBC's 'The Weekend'

Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Speaker

Harvard Kennedy School, Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy

Thea James, MD, MBA
Speaker

Vice President of Mission, Boston Medical Center

Rashad Bilal
Speaker

Chief Executive Officer, Earn Your Leisure