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Talk: What Does 'Defund the Police' Mean?

What: The term “Defund the Police” is being discussed on a national (and local) scale given the saliency of racism and police brutality that have been a part of our country for generations. Instances of police brutality and racism, along with policy solutions are currently being openly documented and discussed by the media.

Are you curious about what “Defund the Police” means? What would it mean if this policy was implemented? Do you want to know how DTP would apply to your life as a medical student/future healthcare provider? Or do you just want to listen and learn about this concept as it gains increasing attention on local, regional, and national levels. If so, the Health & Incarceration Connection and Public Health Interest Group are excited to host a panel on DTP! This panel will deconstruct the “defund the police” argument and give you the opportunity to discuss its implications on both med students/providers and engaged citizens with two incredible local experts. 

Who: Featuring Dr. Celia McIntosh, DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and Dr. Kristin Doughty, PhD. Dr. McIntosh is the Vice Chair of the Police Accountability Board (a City Council approved board that investigates complaints against the RPD and reviews RPD policies/procedures). Professor Doughty is an Associate Professor of Anthropology whose research, among other projects, focuses on the everyday impacts on mass incarceration in upstate New York. Her work is in collaboration with the Rochester Decarceration Research Initiative, and she has taught at two Correctional Facilities as part of the Rochester Prison Education Project.

Why: Applying the DTP argument to the United States would have wide-ranging effects on society, including the healthcare sector. Therefore, it’s crucial that medical students and providers are aware of this argument and are able to form educated opinions about it. 

The talk is organized by the  medical students at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, who part of the Public Health Interest Group and Incarceration Connection interests groups.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00am

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