African American Medicine in Washington, DC - Dinner Conversation w/ Heather Butts MPH '98
Heather Butts will talk about how the service of African American nurses, doctors, and surgeons to treat African American soldiers created a medical infrastructure. The evening will begin with drinks and a dinner of the Civil War era.
Heather Butts JD, MPH, MA
is an Integration of Science and Practice
(ISP) instructor and faculty advisor of the Part-Time Health Policy Management students at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health where she teaches bioethics and public health law. She also serves as an adjunct professor in health law and bioethics at Saint John's University School of Law. She is the co-founder of HEALTH for Youths, Inc., which focusses on college readiness, service learning and health for young adults, and she is a board member of the non-profit Northside Center for Child Development. She is also the founder of the online training and education company LEARN for Life Consulting, LLC, and does college readiness and preparation counseling for high school students.
She previously served as regulatory specialist at Columbia University Medical Center's Institutional Review Board and focused on compliance audits, training, education and privacy issues. Prior to her work at Columbia, Butts served as senior associate in the Healthcare Regulatory Group of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP, where she focused on regulatory compliance issues.
Butts received her BA from Princeton University, her JD from Saint John's University School of Law, her MPH from Harvard University School of Public Health and her MA in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Her publications include Alexander Thomas Augusta: Physician, Teacher and Human Rights Activist.
The service of African Americans in defense of the Union during the Civil War required African American nurses, doctors and surgeons to heal those soldiers. In the nation's capital, these brave healthcare workers created a medical infrastructure for African Americans by African Americans. Preeminent surgeon Alexander T. Augusta fought discrimination, visited President Lincoln, testified before Congress and aided the war effort. Washington D.C.'s Freedmen's Hospital was formed to serve the District's growing free African American population, eventually becoming the Howard University Hospital. These physicians would form the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest organization representing African American doctors and patients. Author Heather M. Butts recounts the heroic lives and work of Washington D.C.'s African American medical community during the Civil War.
Dark roux-based etoufee studded with gulf shrimp, okra,
garlic, green onions & Cajun spices;
Served with Tabasco hot sauce
PECAN-CRUSTED CHICKEN BREASTS
Drizzled with tangy honey mustard,over a bed of roasted corn
RED BEANS & RICE
FATBACK-BRAISED COLLARD GREENS
With whipped honey butter
FRENCH QUARTER GREENS
Endive, chicory, frisee & mesclun, pecans, bourbon peaches
with wildflower honey & Creole mustard vinaigrette
BANANAS FOSTER TRIFLES
Layers of rum-soaked walnut cake, cognac custard,
caramelized banans & whipped cream
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