Fusion Talk

Saturday, February 20


*Virtual event: Registration required (see below)

Understanding Racism in Healthcare

-Part 1-

-Nicole Hayes, MPA

-Omari Hodge, MD

-Warren Yamashita, MD, MPH








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Questions & Responses

Wrap Up & Conclusion

Nicole Hayes, MPA
Omari Hodge, MD 
Warren Yamashita, MD, MPH
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Racism in healthcare is well documented, but it isn’t always obvious.


Join us for a discussion on understanding racism in healthcare and learn how racial disparities contribute to gaps in health insurance coverage, uneven access to services, poorer health outcomes among certain populations and more. More importantly, learn how you can be a part of the solution to the problem of racism in healthcare.

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Nicole Hayes, MPA is the founder of Voices Against the Grain, a bold counter-culture media and teaching ministry established in May 2013 to help audiences successfully navigate societal issues through the Word of God.  Nicole serves as the Washington, D.C. Area Director and Director of State Public Policy with the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) where she serves healthcare professionals and students in the Greater Washington, D.C. area and advances life-affirming, biblical principles of CMDA ethical positions in states across the country.  Nicole serves on the CMDA R2ED Committee to advance biblical principles to improve the quality of lives for all created in God's image. Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her Master of Public Administration from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

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Omari Hodge, MD is a family physician in Northeast Georgia where he also serves as faculty in a residency program. As a Christian and Black male physician, Dr. Hodge has learned that the way to view something is directly correlated to the angle from which you stand. This can be at times humbling, at times humiliating and still at other times awe-inspiring. Dr. Hodge and his wife Kiera of 23 years have found that their faith in Christ and dedication to his work have both sustained and provided for them. Reconciliation is at the heart of God's call for their lives. In all that they do their first priority is helping people reconcile to Christ and secondly to their neighbors, especially those of different ethnicities and cultures. Dr. Hodge serves on the CMDA R2ED (Racism, Reconciliation, Equality and Diversity) Committee to advance biblical principles to improve the quality of lives for all created in God's image.

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Warren Yamashita, MD, MPH is a fourth-generation Japanese American whose great-grandparents and grandparents were interned in WWII prison camps according to America's shameful Executive Order 9066. Yet, what the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good. Dr. Yamashita became the first in his family to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, followed by his brother and father. He also became the first physician in his family.  Dr. Yamashita is a family physician who is currently in Stanford's Addiction Medicine Fellowship and has presented nationally on the role of racism in America's treatment of drug users.  He serves on the CMDA R2ED and National Institute of Drug Abuse's Translational & Implementation Committees to advance biblical justice and reconciliation in faith-based and secular spheres.

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