Join Thread for a special in-person Thread Speakers Series event on November 2 featuring thoughtful conversation with current and former Baltimore City Health Commissioners Dr. Letitia Dzirasa and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein. The event will be held at Church of the Redeemer from 6:00-7:00 pm with the option for virtual streaming via Zoom.

This dynamic dialogue will explore how relationships across lines of difference lay a foundation of trust that propels private-public partnerships and in turn more equitable public health outcomes. They will also share how we might apply the lessons learned to continue to move our city forward together.

Dr. Dzirasa is a board certified pediatrician and the first African American female Health Commissioner for Baltimore City, the longest continuously running health department in the United States.  She was appointed to this role in March 2019.  She subsequently began leading Baltimore City through the global pandemic in March 2020, just a year into her tenure. Dr. Dzirasa’s career trajectory is focused on service to her community. Her areas of expertise include pediatrics, public health policy and the social determinants of health, and creating opportunities for equitable access to healthcare for all.

Dr. Sharfstein is Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management. Previously, he served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, and as health policy advisor for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration.

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The Thread Speaker Series is a new forum for sharing inspiring ideas from exceptional leaders, thinkers, policymakers, and activists about the ways in which equity plays out across a variety of contexts, including public spaces, the workplace, school, family and friends, and in our public policy. Some of Baltimore’s greatest advocates will recount personal journeys, sharing replicable actions they took to overcome power structures and achieve personal and professional success.

Additional free, weekly virtual sessions will explore how diverse leaders have driven sustained change through coordinated and consistent interventions in the intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community, and policy domains. They will also discuss how visible, hidden, and invisible forms of power impacted their personal journeys in life and in their careers.

Baltimore-based non-profit Thread harnesses the power of relationships to create a new social fabric of diverse individuals deeply engaged with young people facing the most significant opportunity and achievement gaps. Thread’s community is committed to ending social isolation and building a more equitable culture in which everyone thrives. Founded in 2004, the Thread community includes 719 young people and alumni, and more than 3,000 volunteers and collaborators.

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