Recognition, Remembrance, and Reflection: The Syphilis Study at Tuskegee and Macon County, AL
“When you place Tuskegee in front of the name, it gives Tuskegee the ownership, it leaves a scar on the town of Tuskegee and of Macon County. Tuskegee was not, is not, the owner of the study. It is the United States Public Health Service Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male at Tuskegee.”
Mrs. Lillie Tyson Head
President of the Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation
This event will acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the end of the United States Public Health Service Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male at Tuskegee and Macon County, Alabama, 1932 -1972. The intention is to create a space for authentic, accurate storytelling and discussion regarding current and future opportunities for public health leaders at CDC and beyond to move from trust to trustworthiness.
The program will examine what happened, how and why it happened, lessons learned, the palpable effects still felt today, and CDC’s on-going role in addressing health equity.
Participants will include experts in the fields of public health, ethics, history, and journalism. In addition to our speakers, we will feature moderated panel discussions. The program will be a hybrid event, available both virtually and in-person.
This event was held Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Watch our recorded session and related videos below.
On Nov. 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET, you can stream this important presentation from here.
Streaming will begin five minutes before the webcast begins.
United States Public Health Service Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male at Tuskegee and Macon County, Alabama, 1932 -1972
United States Secretary, Health and Human Services
Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Debra Houry, MD, MPH
Acting Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Robin D. Bailey Jr., MA
Chief Operating Officer, CDC
Termika Smith, Ed.D, MPA
Associate Director for Policy, Communications, and Strategy, Division of Adolescent and School Health, CDC
Susan K. Laird, DNP, MSN
Training and Health Education Lead, Division of Communication Science and Services, CDC
Jo Valentine, MSW
Associate Director, Office of Health Equity, Division of STD Prevention, CDC
Paul Rashad Young, MD
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service and Regional Associate Director, The Americas and Kenya, Division of Global HIV & TB, Center for Global Health, CDC
James A. Curran, MD, MPH
Dean Emeritus, Emory Rollins School of Public Health
Daniel E. Dawes, JD
Executive Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD
University Professor of Medical Humanities, Professor of Medicine, Health Policy, and American Studies at the George Washington University.
Fred Gray, Esq.
President, Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center
Lillie Tyson Head, MS, EdS
President, Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation
Robert Benjamin Johnson
Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison
James H. Jones, PhD
Author, Bad Blood
President, Milbank Memorial Fund
Paul Lombardo, PhD, JD
Regents’ Professor and Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law
Mary Leinhos, PhD
Acting Team Lead, Public Health Ethics and Strategy Unit, Office of Scientific Integrity, CDC
Ted Pestorius, MPA
Deputy Director of Management and Overseas Operations, Center for Global Health, CDC
Susan Reverby, PhD
Author; Marion Butler McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas and Professor Emerita in Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College
Diane Rowley, MD, MPH
Professor Emerita, Maternal and Child Health Department, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Satcher, MD, PhD
Founding Director and Senior Advisor, Satcher Health Leadership Institute; Former Director, CDC
Dixie E. Snider Jr., MD, MPH
Former Chief Science Officer, Office of the Director, CDC
Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DrPH, MDiv
Professor/Director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL