The 3rd HLLG Annual Luncheon
The HLLG Annual Luncheon
The HLLG Annual Luncheon is now in its third year. The luncheon raises funds for the development of a wax figure of Henrietta Lacks for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum and the Henrietta Lacks Endowed Scholarship at the Community College of Baltimore County. In addition to honoring the Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, Business Owner of the Year, and the man or woman with extraordinary work rendered in support of HLLG, Historic Turner Station, and historic structures throughout the state of Maryland, the annual program allows an opportunity for the community, health professionals, scholars, activists, and others to share insights on extending the legacy of Mrs. Lacks.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Kamila A. Alexander, is described as a star faculty member in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Her research focuses on prevention of sexual health outcome disparities and the complex roles that structural determinants such as intimate partner violence, societal gender expectations, and limited economic opportunities play in the experience of intimate human relationships.
Using health equity and social justice lenses, she aims to learn why men and women make particular sexual decisions and convey those decisions to their emotional partners, how we can promote safe relationships, and how we might expand current prevention efforts to mitigate intimate partner violence, unintended pregnancies, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Her research stems from over 10 years of public health clinical practice in domestic and international communities’ living at the margins of society.