The University of Louisville Kornhauser Health Sciences Library is pleased to invite you to the second event in our Diversity in Healthcare series. For this event we are discussing the topic: Are You Getting The Vaccine? Exploring Abuse, Access, Mistrust, and Equitable Distribution.
This session features four distinguished panelists, including: Dr. Simone Leavell-Bruce (UNC Charlotte - Price Center), Dr. Mark Burns (UofL - School of Medicine), Pastor Timothy Findley (Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center) and Professor John Chenault (UofL - School of Medicine). You can read more about our panelists below.
Attendance to this event is FREE,
but you must register in order to attend.
Dr. Simone Leavell-Bruce
UNC Charlotte - Price Center
Dr. Simone Leavell Bruce earned her doctorate from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC-C) and serves as the postdoctoral fellow there as well. Dr. Bruce holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University and a master of science from Capella University. She received her BA degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Dr. Leavell-Bruce is highly knowledgeable of mental health issues associated with racism and discrimination, having completed her dissertation on "The psychological and physical association of race-based trauma among racial justice activists of color." She practices from a social justice-oriented lens and is passionate about recognizing the impact of race-related stress on Black and Brown communities. Dr. Bruce has facilitated talks and contributed to the psychological literature on topics including OCD, hoarding disorder, and race-based trauma and has served as an expert on race related oppression for various media sources. As a supervisor and trainer, she recognizes the importance of culture and identity and strives to educate others on the delivery of culturally responsive care that prioritizes diversity and multicultural differences.
Dr. Mark Burns
UofL - School of Medicine
Dr. Burns is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Burns graduated with his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1988, and completed his graduate medical residency at the University of Louisville Hospital in 1991 specializing in Internal Medicine. He further completed a distinguished fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville Hospital in 2017. Dr. Burns has presented on several infectious disease topics, including on the History and Transmission of the Ebola Virus and on HIV in the Intensive Care Unit.
Pastor Timothy Findley
Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center
While thriving in ministry at Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center, Pastor Findley is flourishing in many community-based and entrepreneurial endeavors. He is the CEO of Life Development Corporation, the only minority-led community development program to provide HIV and AIDS support services, and founder of FJ Enterprises. He has established and implemented various community programs including the “Every Little Bit Helps Outreach”, holiday toy and food drives, and free summer lunch programs. He has also established the Fresh Start Initiative where the “Timothy Findley, Jr. Legacy Scholarship Fund” has been named. This fund provides students the opportunity to take part in GED testing annually.
He founded and established the 1Body Fellowship in which he shares and collaborates with pastors, community leaders, and churches throughout the city to spread the message of Jesus Christ in clarity, integrity, relevance, and excellence. Pastor Findley released his first book entitled, “RelationSlips” and has conducted book tours throughout the U.S. He also released two devotional projects with the sophomore release entitled, Devotion 2, debuting in the Top 100 independent digital releases.
Pastor Findley is the founder of the Justice and Freedom Coalition and has organized and led dozens of organized, non-violent protests, demonstrations, and voter education drives. A highly sought-out speaker and activist, he has been featured on a city mural, numerous panels on social and political change and was recently featured in the 2020 Vice Media documentary, "God's Country".
In partnership and support of both spiritual and natural empowerment, Pastor Findley is dedicated to facilitating positive change through Christ-centered spiritual, social, educational, and economic initiatives.
Professor John Chenault
UofL - School of Medicine
John Chenault in an associate professor and the director of Anti-Racism Initiatives in the office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) in the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville. A long-time UofL faculty member, Chenault previously served as a medical librarian in the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library for 16 years and in the Pan African Studies Department of the College of Arts & Sciences for 14 years.
In recent years, his research has focused on the history of medicine and slavery in the United States, including medical experimentation, medical apartheid, health disparities and the role of medical practitioners and biomedical researchers in the invention of race. Chenault has presented this research at national and international conferences and taught continuing education classes for physicians and medical school faculty.