Summit Agenda

The Summit aims to bring together community partners, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to advance patient-centered research that prioritizes the voices and traditions of African immigrants, ultimately enhancing their health and well-being. The goals are to:

  1. Highlight the importance of decolonized approaches, including cultural and linguistic appropriateness, in research methodologies engaging African immigrant communities.
  2. Explore patient-centered research that contributes to understanding the needs of African immigrants and improving the community’s health and well-being in the US.
  3. Facilitate community-academic networking opportunities to encourage collaborative research and interventions tailored to African immigrant health needs.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2024

7:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome Opening Remarks

9:30 AM

Opening Plenary Session

  • Presentation: “Health Status of African Immigrants in the US”
  • Panel Conversation: “African Immigrant Communities Leading and Engaging in HIV & COVID-19 Research”
11:00 AM


11:15 AM

Keynote with Q&A

  • “Decolonizing Health Research: Integrating African Knowledge and Lived Experiences”
12:00 AM


1:00 PM

Cultural Performance

2:00 PM

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • “Building A Community-Academic Research Agenda”
5:00 PM

African Village (with music, hors d’oeuvres and art)

Wednesday, July 31, 2024

8:00 AM


9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

10:00 AM

Plenary Session

  • “A Panel of National Funders: Opportunities for African Immigrant Health”
11:00 AM


11:15 AM

Palava Hut, a traditional practice used in parts of Africa to talk about community issues and find solutions within the community

  • “What Does it Mean to Africanize Research?”
12:30 AM


1:15 PM

Research Speed Dating

3:15 PM

Closing Remarks

3:30 PM

Summit Adjourns