On September 18-19, 2014, I participated in a conference co-hosted by the Center for the History of the New America and the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland exploring the connections between migration, race, disease, and public health. Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, gave the keynote address. Health Across Borders: Migration, Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in a Global Age brought together leading scholars, practitioners, public officials, labor leaders, and immigrants to explore public health in the age of mass migration, and to address the economics of migration, patterns of prejudice in medical practices, and access to health insurance.
I participated on a panel titled, “Patterns of Prejudice: the Medicalization of Nativism” with notable historians Keith Wailoo, Natalia Molina, and Alan Kraut. The tile of my talk was “”The Original Biocitizens: Haitians, HIV, and the Medicalization of Race and Place.”