RACE to Be Human – Special Virtual Screening with Health Care Leaders Panel

MARCH 27, 2023 –

Racism and Health Equity are social justice issues vital to understand and address in the health advocacy community. There is a lack of good information so that these issues can be addressed more easily and competently by advocates and the public.

HealthAdvocateX has licensed a special screening of RACE to Be Human, a documentary that explores racism, its impact on the mental health of children and adults, and what can be done to change it. Created for schools, communities, and corporations, RACE to Be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film examines micro-aggressions, allyship, and the role of social media. It also shares how we can participate and build empathy through conversations at home, work, and school.

The program includes strategies and tips to check ourselves and others while inspiring self-reflection so that as individuals we are more.We will follow this important movie with a Panel discussion from Health Equity and Health Advocacy Experts who will explore how race impacts health, healthcare and health equity.


  1. Understand terms such as Race, Racism, Privilege, Prejudice, Power and Oppression
  2. Define the four I’s of Oppression (Ideological, Institutional, Interpersonal, & Internalized)
  3. How is Health Equity related to race and racism in the health care system
  4. Identify specific strategies for advocates to address issues of race and racism in the practice of health advocacy


  • Dr. Nwando Anyaoku- Chief Health Equity Officer, Providence/Swedish Health Services. Dr. Nwando Anyaoku is a physician executive, speaker, coach and consultant based in Seattle Washington. A pediatrician by training, she serves as the Chief Health Equity Officer for Providence Swedish Health Services. In this capacity, she works with clinical and community leaders to advance equity in healthcare, and culturally competent care delivery. She is also a great advocate for protecting and elevating health equity through technology and digital innovation.
  • Annie Gardiner – Retired Health Care Advocate. Annie Gardiner is a retired health care advocate, white anti-racist activist, and co-founder of Bay Area Health Care Advocates. She’s worked primarily with people who are navigating medical care and rehab post-stroke, and with people managing neurocognitive conditions. Annie presents on the role of health care advocacy in building racial equity. She values communication, seeks to model how white people can work toward racial justice in meaningful ways, and welcomes difficult and healing conversations.
  • Dr. Nicole Rochester – Health and Patient Advocate. Dr. Nicole Rochester is a Board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years of experience caring for patients and families. Her decision to leave clinical medicine in 2017 to launch a professional health advocacy and consulting company, Your GPS Doc, LLC, was inspired by her own caregiving journey. She is also a speaker, author, and media contributor. Dr. Rochester is a passionate champion for health equity and believes that health advocacy is a key tool for eliminating health disparities in marginalized communities.



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