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COVID-19 Equitable Response Community Commons Hub 

The COVID-19 Equitable Response Community Commons hub featuring over 20 categories addressing anti-racism and stigma, policy demands and calls to action, mutual aid networks, testing and health care services, emergency financial assistance and more. Use the hub to find and share resources and take action for a fair and just response to the coronavirus pandemic. Access the hub here.


COVID-19 & Black Communities: Crisis, Opportunity and Prescriptions for Change

During this discussion panelists share how COVID-19 is impacting Black communities in cities including New Orleans, Detroit and Miami and offer a vision for an equitable recovery plan focused on systemic change and Black health, wealth, self-care and community power.

Speakers Include:

Nina Abubakari, MPH, MBA, JD, President and CEO, Advantage Health Centers

Tiffany Netters, MPA, PMP, Executive Director, 504HealthNet

Andre M. Perry, PhD, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution

Dwight Bullard, Former State Senator and Political Director, New Florida Majority

Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH, President, Center for Urban and Racial Equity (Moderator)

Watch the webinar recording here.

COVID-19 & Black Men’s Physical, Mental & Spiritual Health

During this discussion, speakers explored COVID-19 health disparity outcomes, the connection between trauma and health, and what can be done to keep us mentally, spiritually, and physically healthy.

Speakers Include:

Dr. Raynard Washington, Deputy Health Director at Mecklenburg County Health Department

Dr. Roy Wade, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania; Division of General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Rev. Leroy Miles Associate Pastor of Sanctification, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Dr. George James, Jr., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Council for Relationships

Terry E. Johnson, Manager of Community Partnerships, Get Healthy Philly – Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Dwayne Wharton, Senior Consultant, Center for Urban and Racial Equity (Moderator)

Watch the webinar recording here.

Racial Inequity in a Time of Pandemic

The events of 2020 were wrenching. The pandemic disproportionately impacts Black, minority, and poor communities. And continuous police violence against those same communities have caused many to finally reach a breaking point. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have outraged the world. It is well past time for meaningful change. During this discussion, three experts share their perspectives on how we got here, what we must do next, and the growing momentum towards racial equity.

Speakers Include:

Prof. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University (Moderator)

Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH, Sociologist + Racial Justice Advocate at Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE)

Lawrence Brown, PhD, MPA, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Population Health Institute

Watch the webinar recording here.


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Op-Ed Truthout : Systemic Racism Is Making Coronavirus Worse in Black America

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Judy Lubin

Dr. Judy is an applied sociologist, racial equity changemaker, yoga and mindfulness practitioner, author, auntie, bestie and beach lover. Judy’s elemental nature is water, and with her she brings calming, reflective energy to hold space for deep listening, inner work and transformative dialogue. 

The curator of the Embodied Justice program, she hosts the accompanying podcast and co-facilitates events and dialogues focused on the collective healing and sustainability of Black changemakers.

At CURE, Dr. Judy has built transformative racial equity frameworks and change management processes that have impacted thousands of lives. She began her career focused on health disparities, recognizing that stress from societal racism can become embodied and manifested through “weathering” that prematurely ages the body and shortens the lifespan of racially marginalized communities. 

She is unapologetically committed to centering Black people and the communities that have inspired her life’s work. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, she grew up in South Florida surrounded by music, her grandmother’s herbal garden, and the struggle to make it in a country that saw her family as outsiders. 

In 2022, after experiencing multiple health emergencies coupled with burnout from the intensity of the “racial reckoning” that increased demand for CURE’s racial equity services, Judy began a process of listening to the wisdom of her body, healing old trauma wounds, and reclaiming rest and her love of mind-body healing. During this time she explored somatics, indigenous and and ancestral healing practices and earned certifications in multiple healing modalities including yoga and energy medicine.

Emerging from a place of rest and listening to what her soul wanted to share, she now weaves mindfulness, body-awareness and spiritual activism to support changemakers and organizations to regenerate their leadership and give to the world from a place of ease and wholeness. 

Long committed to promoting women’s health and wellness, she is the author of The Heart of Living Well: Six Principles for a Life of Health, Beauty and Balance.

Find Judy on instagram or linkedin at @drjudylubin, where she (occasionally) shares posts celebrating Black joy, healing and well-being.

Shawn J. Moore

Residing at the intersection of leadership and mindfulness, Shawn creates sacred spaces for stillness and self-inquiry to help social impact leaders align their strengths, intention, and impact. Through his integrative approach, he holds transformative containers for self-renewal, personal discovery, and capacity-building that ease clients on their journey towards peace, clarity, and freedom.

Shawn is committed to empower changemakers to become embodied leaders – unified in mind, body, and heart – with the tools to mindfully pause, reconnect to their inner knowing, make strengths-driven decisions, and lead the change they believe the world needs.  

Reckoning with his own contemplation of burnout, purpose, and alignment, Shawn transitioned out of his role as Associate Dean of Student Life & Leadership at Morehouse College in the fall of 2021 to focus more on mindfulness and stillness-based training programs and workshops. 

While leadership resonates with him deeply, it is his personal and spiritual practices that allows him to continue to show up for himself and others. He is a yoga teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®), sound and reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, Yoga Nidra facilitator, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, all focused through a Buddhist lens and 17 years of personal practice. He has contributed workshops, practices, and educational opportunities for celebrities like Questlove and Dyllón Burnside, and various yoga studios and colleges, Yoga International, Omstars, Melanin Moves Project, the Human Rights Campaign, Spotify and Lululemon. He currently serves as the Facilitation and Community Manager for BEAM (Black Emotional & Mental Health Collective).

Shawn hosts a podcast called The Mindful Rebel® Podcast that creates a platform to continually explore this unique intersection of leadership and mindfulness. Find him on instagram @shawnj_moore 

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