COLUMBUS, Miss.— In its February events, Mississippi University for Women’s Forum Series presented by the Gordy Honors College will focus on health disparities for African-American men in urban and rural Mississippi.

 Both events are co-sponsored by the Young Black Leadership Association and the Gay-Straight Alliance.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, Dr. Ashley White, assistant professor of health education at The W, will present “Black Bruthas Voices from the Margin: Race, Health, Poetry, and the Po-Po,” on barriers to the use of health services among men ages 18-34 in Quitman County.

White provides poetic voices to the many men she has interviewed and points to sustainable, culturally appropriate programs to increase African-American men’s engagement in the healthcare system.

On Thursday, Feb. 15, Cedric Sturdevant will discuss his long-time work with HIV-positive people in Jackson and throughout the state to gain access to the care they need and advocate for themselves and others.

Currently with The Spot at the Jackson Medical Mall, Sturdevant has also worked with My Brother’s Keeper and was recently the focus of an in-depth New York Times article on the HIV epidemic in Southern states.

The presentations are free and open to the community and begin at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium. For more information, contact Kim Whitehead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (662) 241-6850, or visit http://web.muw.edu/honors/forum.

Jan. 29, 2018


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