RECORDING: Social Inequalities and Pain: The Untold History of Blacks and Chronic Pain
Recorded: Monday, August 31, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority groups, understanding social determinants of health has never been more important. Further, the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement has raised awareness globally of deep rooted long standing issues regarding systemic racism, including inequalities in health care. This CPS+ webinar will push forward the conversation of racial issues impacting both providers of pain management and delivery of pain care for patients themselves. It will include an interactive, interdisciplinary panel of leading international experts in pain and health disparities (Dr. Carmen Green), bioethics (Dr. Daniel Buchman), and intersections of race, crime and criminal justice, with a particular focus in the area of policing (Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah). The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Hance Clarke and include a dynamic Q&A session.
All speakers consented to session being recorded in our planning meeting.
Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah
Akwasi Owusu-Bempah BA (Carleton) MA, PhD (Toronto) is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto and a Senior Fellow at Massey College. He holds Affiliate Scientist status at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and serves as Director of Research for the Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty. Prof. Owusu-Bempah’s work examines the intersections of race, crime and criminal justice, with a particular focus in the area of policing.
Prof. Owusu-Bempah began his academic career in the United States at Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to becoming a professor, he held positions with Canada’s National Judicial Institute, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Prof. Owusu-Bempah is frequently sought out to provide commentary and advice to police agencies, government bodies, community organizations, and media outlets on matters relating to policing, justice and social inequality.
Dr. Daniel Buchman
Bioethicist, University Health Network, Clinician Investigator, Krembil Research Institute, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto.
Dr. Buchman is a Bioethicist at the University Health Network, Clinician Investigator in the Krembil Research Institute, an Assistant Professor in Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Member of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. His program of research explores ethical issues related to chronic pain, substance use, and mental health. He is a Co-Editor with Dr Karen Davis of the recently published book, Pain Neuroethics and Bioethics.
Dr. Carmen Green
Professor, Anesthesiology, School of Medicine; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine; Professor, Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan Back and Pain Center
Dr. Green received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan-Flint and received a M.D. from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine, Dr. Green completed a residency in Anesthesiology, subspecialty training in Ambulatory and Obstetrical Anesthesiology, and a fellowship in Pain Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Green is Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion for the University of Michigan Health System, a tenured Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy as well as an attending physician in the Back and Pain Care Center. Dr. Green’s research focuses on pain management outcomes, physician decision-making, and access to care – and has documented disparities due to age, race, gender, and class across the lifespan. She has helped to develop and diversify the health professional pipeline including service on faculty and advisory boards for programs designed to achieve a critical mass of minorities and women in biomedical science.
Dr. Hance Clark , MD PhD
Staff Anesthesiologist, Director Pain Services, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
Dr. Clarke is the Director of Pain Services and the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital(TGH). He is the knowledge Translation Chair for the University of Toronto Centre For the Study of Pain and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management. Dr. Clarke has played a leading role in educating the public about pain control, alternatives to opioids as a pioneering strategy at TGH, and the need for further studies on the beneficial and adverse effects of cannabis. He is a champion of evidence-based solutions for the opioid crisis and a national pain and addictions strategy. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications.
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