Medicine, mistrust and making change: Black health then and now

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We are proud to present a unique event which will explore specific challenges around equity in health within Black communities, the extraordinary people who have been involved in effecting change, and next steps.

What can we do to make a difference? Campaign, get involved and find out how to get support in making sure you're looking after yourself and dependants. This will be an uplifting day flourishing with creative practitioners who will get us drumming and dancing into positivity. There will be talks, stands and performances with lots of opportunities to get involved.

The day will involve:

  • 11am Counsellor and therapist Alan Crawford will open the event by leading a drumming circle, everyone is welcome to join in if you would like to!
  • 11.20am We welcome keynote speaker Dr Stephen Kenny, Senior Lecturer, 19th and 20th century North American History at University of Liverpool
  • This will be followed by a session of chair based yoga led by Capoeira for All CIC. Everyone is welcome to join if they would like to!
  • 12.20pm Break for lunch. 
  • 12.50pm Panel discussion exploring the specific challenges around equity and health within Black communities past and present. The panel includes Dr Asangaedem Akpan Consultant Geriatrician at Royal Liverpool University Hospitals, Cllr Nathalie Nicholas, Liverpool City Council, midwife and founder of Black Mum Magic Tisian Lynskey Wilkie, health and wellbeing coach Saeed Olayiwola, Gloria Hyatt MBE, Race Equality and Non Executive Director at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant – Health, Wellbeing and Resilience, Public Health Trained and Social Impact Champion, Saeed Olayiwola and Dr Chinelo Ojukwu, GP.
  • 1.50pm Break before a call to action - what can we all do to help make change? We will be introducing services from a range of organisations.
  • 2.15pm The event finishes with a performance by Capoeira for all in the Museum of Liverpool atrium and a chance to browse the stands of service providers

Children are welcome and activities will be provided in the same space.

This is a free event but please book your ticket below.

We are committed to reducing barriers to attendance - please let us know if there is anything we can add to the event to assist your participation. Please drop us a line at if there's anything we can put in place at the museum to help you get the most out of the event, and we'll see what we can do.

This is an event in partnership with Liverpool Primary Care Network who work to reduce barriers to access and participation within health from Black communities.

Logo with a colourful Liver bird and text: Central Liverpool Primary Care Network


Information stands on the day

  • Connexions
  • Soul Momma
  • Sanctuary Family Support
  • Love & Co
  • Sickle Cell
  • Carl Mba Finance
  • Axess Sexual Health
  • Citizens Advice

About our speakers

Dr Stephen Kenny

Keynote speaker Dr Stephen Kenny is a Senior Lecturer in 19th and 20th century North American History in the Department of History at the University of Liverpool. He has published extensively on the topic of medical racism in the context of American slavery and Jim Crow segregation and his research has featured in exhibitions, radio programmes, and widely read media reports.

Asangaedem Akpan MPH FRCP

Asangaedem Akpan MPH FRCP is Consultant Geriatrician Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT and Mersey Care NHS FT, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Liverpool, Ageing Research Lead NIHR CRN Northwest Coast and UN International Consultant for Older People.

A 55-year-old academic community geriatrician of dual Nigerian-Polish heritage, he was brought up in Poland and Nigeria and blended in Britain. Asan likes to promote and support activities that can help people from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds make progress in their careers. He loves history, hiking and travelling.


Gloria Hyatt MBE

Gloria is a Non Executive Director at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the people committee. She is a race equality expert. Since her involvement in the hospital, she has influenced the formation of an anti racist organisation. The CQC inspection report, June 23, noted the innovative activities taking place at the Trust.

She has supported executives and leaders in the hospital to formulate an anti-racist strategy with action plans to improve the Black and global majority patient health outcomes; greater employment of them in senior leadership roles and improved anti- racist education of staff. This work has seen the hospital feature in the top ten trusts nationally in 4 of the WRES indicators and top performing in 2 of the categories.

She is Liverpool’s first Black headteacher, having spent 16 years serving the multicultural community of Liverpool 8 and the wider Liverpool city region. Having set up the country's first Independent school in 1998 that was an Academy, Company and Charity, she led the delivery of a national and African centred curriculum for Black children, adult learners, and the community of Toxteth regardless of racial identity. The academy offered what has been described as pioneering curriculums in Black studies, Black history summer schools, courses for learning mentors, classroom assistants and overseas qualified teachers.

She led in the employment of the cities, most racially, diverse, school staff and acted as a consultant for other schools improved practice. It was marked as outstanding by Her Majesties Inspectors.

The youngest teacher, appointed by the Secretary of State to advise the teacher’s professional body, The General Teaching Council for England and an appointment to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, enabled her commitment to raising standards in education and developing inclusive communities. An author of best practice reports and blueprints, her work across the country empowers communities to reduce educational inequalities, in collaboration with all sectors. Gloria is a recipient of an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to education.

A director of her own business, Teach Consultancy, over the last 18 years she has worked internationally, nationally and locally supporting business growth and embedding racial equity.

Nathalie Nicholas

Nathalie Nicholas is a Senior Research Nurse for the National Institute for Health and Care Research Clinical Research Network North West Coast. She has been in the healthcare setting for over 21 years as a registered nurse and six years as a Research Nurse. Her job includes recruiting patients/participants, conducting clinical assessments on patients/ participants with various health problems. Setting up and delivering studies, facilitating collaborative multidisciplinary teams' work on studies. Nathalie may spend her days at various NHS Trusts and community settings in the North West supporting portfolio studies. Nathalie is passionate about engaging and enabling all people from global backgrounds to contribute to research so research is more inclusive. Nathalie has extensive experience working in intensive care and respiratory settings and uses her experience to deliver high-quality research. She believes every contact counts and maintaining a high standard is essential to maintain trust in research.

She had her Bachelor of Science Honours from Edge Hill University and is currently in Senior Leadership training toward her MSc at Liverpool John Moores University. When Nathalie is not recruiting participants into studies, she is active in her community as an elected government Councillor to Liverpool City Council. Nathalie is currently the Chair for the Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee. She previously held various positions such as the Deputy Portfolio holder for Transport and Air Quality and lead for Key Route Network and Tunnels at the Liverpool City Region.

Apart from that Nathalie loves doing voluntary work, running and walking for charity

Saeed Olayiwola

Saeed Olayiwola is a consultant in wellbeing and personal growth, combining workplace health, community development and personal wellbeing to inspire organisations, communities and individuals into becoming healthier, stronger and more productive.

Saeed left a career in the NHS to start his own company, SO Health. Through his skills in coaching, engagement and leadership, he has supported many organisations to become more vibrant by positively exploring their approach to staff wellbeing and high performance, including Everton Football Club, the city's three major Universities (Hope, John Moore's and University of Liverpool), Lancashire Teaching Hospitals,Stagecoach, Your Housing Group, Univar, Very and many more.

He has also acted as a public workplace wellbeing lead, and governor at private educational facilities, leading on ethos, culture and wellbeing, as well as providing equity, diversity and inclusion consultancy and training with the Anthony Walker Foundation.

Saeed’s dedication is infectious, and is at the core of his personal and professional existence; “I give my passion and commitment because it is me, and everything I believe in.”

Tisian Lynskey-Wilkie RM MSc PGCert ANutr


Apart from that Nathalie loves doing voluntary work, running and walking for charity

Midwife and Midwifery Lecturer at Edge Hill University , UCLan PhD Researcher. Founder of Hydrobumps Aquanatal and Black Mum Magic, and Activist Also featured here -

Dr Chinelo Ojukwu GP

Chinelo is a Liverpool born GP of Nigerian heritage who carried out her medical training at Cambridge University and University College London and has worked as a GP for 13 years. She has predominantly worked in urban, city centre communities and has strong interests in health promotion, lifestyle medicine and women’s health.