BHSU Hosts Black Men in White Coats Chapter Meeting, Opens Registration for Annual Summit

Black Men in White Coats awarded Baptist Health Sciences University (BHSU) chapter status in October 2023, and BHSU hosted its first Black Men in White Coats Chapter Meeting during Black History Month on Thursday, Feb. 22. BHSU also opened registration for the BHSU HealthCORE Black Men in White Coats: Building Diverse Health Care Professionals Annual Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 6.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a chapter of Black Men in White Coats,” said Lilian Nyindodo, Ph.D., MPH, MS, chair and associate professor of biomedical sciences at BHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and co-chair of BHSU’s HealthCORE initiative, which includes Black Men in White Coats. “The mission of Black Men in White Coats aligns with BHSU’s efforts to not only promote diversity, equity and inclusion, but also address access challenges students face when pursuing higher education and science, technology, engineering and math careers.”

Nearly 50 health care professionals attended the meeting. Hampton Hopkins, Ed.D., president of BHSU, and Keith Norman, vice president/chief government affairs and community relations officer for Baptist, opened the meeting.

One of the goals of the gathering was to help foster partnerships to increase diversity among all health care areas and specialties. Attendees learned about HealthCORE programming, which is designed to attract interested youths to health professions.

BHSU HealthCORE Black Men in White Coats: Building Diverse Health Care Professionals Annual Summit

Saturday, April 6
8:30 a.m. – Noon

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 1 at 6 p.m.

Participation is free, but space is limited.

Click here to register now as a student or parent, health professional, vendor or volunteer.

Founder of Black Men in White Coats Dr. Dale Okorodudu will discuss mentoring at this free event. Student participants, including fifth graders and middle school, high school and college students, can enjoy speed networking and interacting with health care specialty vendors. Students who attend the summit can also take part in ongoing BHSU HealthCORE programming and other resources. Click here to learn more about BHSU HealthCORE.

For more information, contact Ann Marie Wallace at Annmarie.wallace@bmhcc.org or Professor Lilian Nyindodo at Lilian.Nyindodo@BaptistU.edu.