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CONFIRMED - The State of Black Health Conference Opening Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, June 14, 2023


The Center for Black Health & Equity (The Center) is thrilled to announce that Shavon Arline-Bradley and Dr. Richard Besser are confirmed to present as keynote speakers at the State of Black Health Biennial Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 6 - 8, 2023! Both Arline-Bradley and Dr. Besser bring a wealth of knowledge around health equity and capacity building for Black communities.

Arline-Bradley (she/her) is the president and founding principal of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions LLC, a strategy and innovation consulting firm designed to expand the leadership and strategic capacity of government, corporation, foundation and nonprofit partners based in Maryland (Washington DC metro area). Most recently, Arline-Bradley was selected to serve as the president & CEO of the National Council of Negro Women. She is also a co-founder of The Health Equity Cypher Group, a collaborative of nationally recognized health equity experts designed to expand the work of health, equity and diversity and inclusion in all sectors.


Dr. Besser (he/him) is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position he assumed in April 2017 following a long career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at ABC News. Dr. Besser is a leading voice on the importance of healthy and equitable community conditions, the need for economic inclusion for the well-being of families, accountable public health and healthcare systems, and advocating for racial justice.

This year’s theme, ¡Salud! Health Equity in Focus, signifies The Center's mission which is the health and well-being of all Black people. State of Black Health 2023 will address issues facing the Black community in the areas of wellness and chronic disease and economic and institutional injustice. We welcome Arline-Bradley, Dr. Besser, and our other feature speakers as they share insights and actions for moving us forward on the path to health equity.


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