Happy Black History Month 2023

Black Resistance in Healthcare

Join Alive’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee in February for Black History Month as we dive into this year’s theme of Black Resistance, which explores how African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, including systemic biases in healthcare. Our hope is that, through offering education on current and past health inequities and disparities, we will each hold a deeper understanding and perspective on the Black experience to better serve and support this community. Learn more at History.com.

Bluebird Cafe series, Autumn NicholasAlive & The Bluebird: Black History Month Kickoff! 

Join us for our Alive & The Bluebird finale and Black History Month kickoff featuring Autumn Nicholas and friends on Feb. 4! 6pm show | 9pm show (Sold out, but there will be a few walk up seats available; first come, first serve)



Speaker Presentation on Health Disparities/ Inequities in the Black Community

On Feb. 17 from 11am-12pm CST, Alive will host an internal presentation on health inequities with keynote speaker Jennifer Cunningham Erves, Ph.D. Dr. Erves is a public health specialist who seeks to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in chronic disease while influencing health equity in minority and underserved populations. She has extensive experience in health behavior research, qualitative and mixed methods, community engagement, and community dissemination. Dr. Erves uses her research initiatives to provide training opportunities to graduate and medical students to ensure their development into competent public health professionals.

Alive DEI Picks


The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine: The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.” Read more.


Medical Apartheid

Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington“Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit. It provides the fullest possible context for comprehending the behavioral fallout that has caused Black Americans to view the medical establishment with such deep distrust.” Read more.


Community Events:


Culture & Mourning at Mt. Zion!

Join us on March 4 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for Alive’s Culture & Mourning series in partnership with Mt. Zion Baptist Church (7594 Old Hickory Blvd, White’s Creek, TN 37189) as we highlight and explore the African American Christian tradition. Click here to register!