Nonprofit hosting virtual event on COVID-19’s impact on Black community

Robert Upton Jr. Courtesy NIA Centre

A nonprofit that is working to create an African American cultural center in Grand Rapids will host a Zoom discussion on the impact of the coronavirus on the Black community.

Grand Rapids-based NIA Centre said it will host a virtual event at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Zoom. It also will be streamed on Facebook Live.

Robert Upton Jr., chair of the NIA Centre, will moderate the discussion with guests Dr. Jason Slaikeu and Dr. TaLawnda Bragg regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the Black community.

Jason Slaikeu Courtesy NIA Centre

Slaikeu is interim vice president and department chief, orthopedics; and division chief, vascular surgery, wound care and limb preservation, and hyperbaric and dive medicine, for Spectrum Health West Michigan.

Braggs is an internal medicine hospitalist with the Spectrum Health Medical Group and program director for the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program.

NIA Centre’s virtual and physical connect events are designed to connect leaders and the companies/organizations they represent to the Black and other minority communities.

TaLawnda Bragg Courtesy NIA Centre

NIA Centre is a nonprofit organization that is leading an effort to place an African American cultural center in Grand Rapids. Its mission is to provide an inclusive gathering space created to inspire, build, transform and connect people of all ages. NIA Centre focuses on providing events and programming in the following six focus areas: arts and entertainment; diversity, equity and inclusion; education; entrepreneurship and wealth building; health care; and research.

Those interested in watching NIA Centre’s live event on Wednesday can register online.

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