SMPH and UW Health In Community MLK Event

Film Screening and Conversation
Discovered Truth: Black Health Disparities Go Back To Slavery
Friday, Jan. 12, 2024 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in HSLC 1335

All SMPH and UW Health faculty, staff, employees, learners and alumni are invited to a film screening and conversation on Friday, Jan. 12 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event will have both in-person and virtual options. This event is co-hosted by SMPH and UW Health.

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Screenshot from Discovered Truth documentary


Welcome Remarks (11 a.m.)

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, MA, CDM, SMPH Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation and UW Health Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Film Screening

Discovered Truth: Black Health Disparities Go Back to Slavery

Break (11:30 a.m.)

Ian’s Pizza provided for attendees

Welcome Remarks to Conversation (11:45 a.m.)

Robert N. Golden, MD, Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health

Panel Introduction

Ryan Tsuchida, MD, Interim Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs for Health Professions Learners

Panel Discussion

Panelist information forthcoming

Event Wrap Up

About the film

Discovered Truth: Black Health Disparities Go Back To Slavery examines how the historical exclusion and direct mistreatment of Black populations within the U.S. health care system has generated vast health disparities by race. Under the oppressions of slavery and Jim Crow, Black communities across the U.S. organized through churches, mutual aid societies, labor unions and economic cooperatives in order to bolster African American health and well-being. Unfortunately, African American communities remain disproportionately underinsured and uninsured. Looking forward, the film posits the Affordable Care Act as a step toward reducing racialized health disparities in the United States.

Event hosted by the School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health

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Accessibility statement: 
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to accessibility. If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event, please contact the SMPH signature events team at We ask that accommodation requests be made no less than two weeks before an event. We will make a thorough attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.