Priscilla Pemu Coaches People Living With Chronic Diseases
COVID-19 's disproportionate impact on communities of color has forced the nation to confront how systemic racism has shaped both health and health care in this country.
In this four-part discussion series, host Mary C. Curtis will talk to advocates and experts about how structural and institutional racism has impacted the health care system and about what can be done to change it.
In the third discussion, Curtis talks to Priscilla Pemu, a medical doctor specializing in the care of adults with complex medical problems under treatment in clinic and hospital settings. She also trains medical students and new medical doctors specializing in Internal Medicine.
Date and Time: Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. ET
Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/racisminhealthcare3
About Mary C. Curtis:
Mary C. Curtis, a columnist at Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist and educator based in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. She is host of the CQ Roll Call podcast “Equal Time, with Mary C. Curtis.” She has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, The Root, ESPN's The Undefeated and talks politics on WCCB-TV and NPR-affiliate WFAE in Charlotte. Curtis has worked at The New York Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Baltimore Sun, and the Associated Press, and was national correspondent for AOL's Politics Daily. Her coverage specialty is the intersection of politics, culture and race, and she has covered the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
Curtis is a Senior Leader with The OpEd Project, facilitating “Write to Change the World” seminars, at Yale University, Cornell University, and the Ford Foundation and at the Aspen New Voices Fellowship in Johannesburg, South Africa. Curtis, a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University, was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Kiplinger Fellow, in social media, at Ohio State.
About Priscilla Pemu
As a physician-scientist, Pemu leads research funded with grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association, informed by her daily experiences with patients. She’s continuously inspired to investigate the best ways to improve the long-term health of patients living with chronic illnesses (e.g. cancer, diabetes, etc.).
Dr. Pemu is currently a professor of Clinical Medicine, medical director of the Clinical Research Center and vice chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia.
As part of a team at MSM, she developed a system and method for providing care to patients with chronic illnesses that empowers patients to change their behaviors relevant to their health; this is achieved by efforts to improve patient’s knowledge, provide support for their goal setting and accountability so they may sustain their lifestyle changes.
Dr. Pemu continues to explore and implement key patient-centered concepts that are relevant to improving health outcomes and transforming health care. She’s passionate about speaking to audiences such as health care managers and funders, affected patient groups, health coaches and other scientists who are interested in achieving that goal as well.