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Community Conversations: Henrietta Lacks, Health Equity & COVID-19

Community Conversations: Henrietta Lacks, Health Equity & COVID-19

The Irondequoit Public Library invites readers to revisit The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the tenth anniversary of its paperback publication. Join us on Zoom during the evening of Tuesday, July 13th for our second annual community wide book discussion followed by a panel conversation featuring healthcare professionals.

Readers will reexamine the nonfiction bestseller as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are encouraged to read the award-winning book by Rebecca Skloot or view the television drama starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. On July 13th, small breakout groups will discuss topics like how the HeLa cell revolutionized medical research, current and historical issues in medical ethics, and the role that race and class play in predicting health outcomes. These conversations will be facilitated by staff from our partners at both Irondequoit school districts. 

Attendees are also invited to view a live panel discussion of local health experts moderated by Alexis Arnold from 13WHAM. Panelists will provide professional insight into the themes explored in Henrietta Lacks as well as speak to the current state of healthcare and health equity.

Community Conversations: Henrietta Lacks, Health Equity & COVID-19 is presented in partnership with the Irondequoit Public Library, East Irondequoit Central School District and West Irondequoit Central School District.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Irondequoit Public Library
  All Ages  
  Book Talk/Review     Streamed Event  

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