Black, brown, and indigenous communities; LGBTQ+; immigrant and refugee communities; and people of color experience disproportionate inequities in healthcare. In the Parkinson’s world, we know that the people we see at events, classes, support groups, and programs do not fully represent our nation’s diversity, no matter the demographics of the surrounding areas. For too long, many of us have noticed this, wondered why, and moved on.

But we recognize that this absence is not by accident. It is not by chance. It is the result of deeply rooted systemic health and cultural inequities. And we are not satisfied with merely noticing this absence. We want to understand it and change it.

Please join us for our Health Disparities and Parkinson’s Webinar Series, starting August 6, so we can begin to understand this issue better. We will learn from thought leaders and pioneers in this area so that we may see this problem more clearly and begin to understand how we can change our communities.

We express gratitude and acknowledge the work of the Black Lives Matter movement and the social justice work of countless others whose years of dedicated advocacy have led us all to this tipping point. We honor their work by doing our own.


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Health Disparities and Parkinson’s: Understanding the Issue

August 6th, 2020, at 12 – 1:30 pm MDT

We will begin this series by identifying what health disparities look like in the Parkinson’s community. Our expert panelists, who have extensive experience in research, medical care, hospital management, community outreach, and community programming, will help define the problem and share their experiences to help us root our understanding and identify future actions.

In this webinar, our panel will discuss:

      • The definition of health disparities
      • The personal and professional experiences that led them to do this work
      • Their experience observing and then implementing efforts that have shown promise to change this issue
      • Their call to action for all of us – where they see the most urgent needs and when, where, and how we can help bring about change

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      Nabila Dahodwala, MD 
      Director, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, University of Pennsylvania

      Jonathan Jackson, PhD
      Founder and Executive Director of the Community Access, Recruitment, & Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

      Nicte Mejia, MD, MPH 
      Director, MGH Neurology Diversity and Community Outreach Initiatives, Massachusetts General Hospital

      Claudia Martinez, MD
      Hispanic Outreach Coordinator, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute

      Altaf Saadi, MD MSc
      General Academic Neurologist and Associate Director of Asylum Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital


      David Leventhal 
      Program Director, Dance for PD®, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Board of Directors, Davis Phinney Foundation