Frequently Asked questions

1. What is ICHAD 2012?
The International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora – ICHAD 2012 – was an unprecedented gathering of researchers, policymakers, government leaders, health and development advocates, journalists and others concerned about the health of nearly 160 million people of African descent living in the Western Hemisphere. The event will be held July 5-8, 2012 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The conference is organized by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and funded in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The work of ICHAD continues today.
2. What is the African Diaspora?
The term “African Diaspora” refers to the geographic dispersal of people of African descent throughout the world. ICHAD 2012 is focused principally on African descendants whose ancestors were brought to the Western Hemisphere by way of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Their ancestors came to the region from Africa in the 16th century. The institution of slavery lasted for 400 years, ending in the late 1800s, and was followed by other official and informal systems of racial marginalization throughout the region.
3. Does the African Diaspora refer mainly to ‘African Americans’ (i.e., ‘blacks’) now living in the United States?
No, but it includes this group. ICHAD 2012 will focus more inclusively on the much larger population of descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade residing throughout the entire Western Hemisphere – from Canada to Argentina. Only 25% of all people of African descent in the Western Hemisphere live in the United States. The vast majority – roughly 75% – live south of the United States. There are 114 million people of African descent in Latin American and Caribbean, 42 million in the United States, and less than 784,000 in Canada. Together, this population comprises the African Diaspora of the Western Hemisphere.
4. What is ICHAD doing now?
ICHAD will publish a book in September 2013, that is a compilation of ICHAD 2012 conference presentations. The book will be published in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The ICHAD network continues to discuss global health challenges and solutions for people of African descent. These milestones will be shared and discussed on this website and to those who sign up to join our network. ICHAD is also preparing to host a virtual event and another in-person conference over the next two years.
5. How can I get involved with ICHAD?
Here are five easy ways to get involved with ICHAD
1. Sign up for our mailing list to get the most up to date information on ICHAD.
2. Share news and updates about research and developments on health in African Diaspora.
3. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
4.Share ICHAD information with your network.
5. Submit paper topic for next conference when call for papers is released.
6. Who chairs ICHAD?
The ICHAD chairman is Thomas LaVeist, PhD. Dr. LaVeist is the Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions and the William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has studied the major health gaps in America, the root causes, and the problems these inequities create for society. As a professor, author, and public speaker, Dr. LaVeist has been featured in Newsweek, Newsday, and the Baltimore Sun, as well as on CNN, National Public Radio and other major media outlets. He has written numerous articles that have been published in scientific health journals. His edited volume, Race, Ethnicity and Health: A Public Health Reader was published in 2002.
7. How do I register for the next ICHAD conference?
Sign up to join the ICHAD network to receive updates and conference information as it becomes available.
8. Will conference scholarships be available?
Yes. We plan to extend a limited number of need-based registration scholarships available for students only (US or international). Check on scholarship information once conference call is released.
9. What was the mission of ICHAD 2012?
The mission of ICHAD 2012 was exploring how the nearly 160 million descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade are doing today – and what can be done to improve their health. The international, multidisciplinary conference adopted a “many voices” approach, drawing individuals from across a wide spectrum of professions and disciplines, including public health, government, civil society, medicine, sociology, psychology, genetics, anthropology, media, law, and human rights.
10. What countries were represented at ICHAD 2012?
Conference sessions explored the health and socioeconomic development of people of African descent living in over a dozen countries in the Western Hemisphere, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Belize, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, and the United States. Presenters included U.S. and international speakers. Several hundred attendees came from nations in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the United States and Canada.
11. What was the theme of ICHAD 2012?
The conference theme was “The Great Scattering: Solving the Puzzle of Slavery, Race, and Contemporary Health in the African Diaspora.” Conference organizers believe that by situating the health of African descendants in the context of the history of slavery and the social experience of race, there are vital lessons to be learned about the root causes of major health trends marking the current health status and health trajectory of this population. There are also universal lessons about the powerful relationship between health, history, and the broader human experience.
12. What topics did the conference address?
The conference addressed a range of intersecting topics, including maternal and child health, chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, genetics, health policy, healthcare access and quality, and the many social determinants of health such as social habitat, racism, culture, and history.

This post is also available in: Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil)

' .