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Lupus Education & Diversity in Clinical Trials

December 3, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Hello from Reid Temple A.M.E. Church and HEAL Collaborative!

You are invited to join us in person and online for our first Lupus Education and Diversity in Clinical Trials Community Conversation Symposium. Let’s gather for breakfast and lunch for an engaging discussion about advancing the health of African Americans with lupus and diversity in clinical trials. We’ll hear from experts in rheumatology, primary care and clinical research. We’ll also listen in to get honest insights from courageous Lupus warriors from our very own community. As the program concludes, you’ll have to engage with other attendees, lupus warriors and some of the speakers as we work toward building a support community.


About Lupus

Lupus is an inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. It’s a chronic (lifelong) disease that affects 1.5 million Americans. It can damage any part of the body. Lupus is most common among women and African-Americans.


The Conversation

Together we’ll unpack issues regarding race, ethnicity and associated health disparities. See the highlights below to learn more.



Lupus education, and how it impacts African-American communities

Lupus Warrior stories and testimonies

Lupus education symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments

General health and wellness

Post diagnosis plan and care navigation

Clinical trials education: history, misconceptions, diversity, and inclusion.

Lupus advocacy and public policy


*Upon registering, indicate whether you’ll attend in person or virtually.


Reverend Dr. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr., Senior Pastor, Reid Temple AME Church, Glenn Dale, MD

Sharon Dowell, MD, Rheumatologist, Researcher and Assistant Professor, Howard University Hospital

David Lloyd Waldburg, MD, Rheumatology Fellow and Physician, Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, GA

Steven Owens, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer, Crescent Solutions, Washington, DC

Cynthia Ray, MSN, FNP, Lupus Warrior and Advocate, Health Ministry, Reid Temple AME Church

Lysa Phillips, Lupus Warrior and Advocate, Reid Temple AME Church

First Lady Ellen Barney, Lupus Warrior, New Antioch Baptist Church


Reid Temple A.M.E. Church

11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard

Glenn Dale, MD 20769


In partnership with:

Reid Temple A.M.E Church


HEAL Collaborative