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COVID-19 Prevention and Control: A Culturally Sensitive Presentation Targeted to the VCU Black Community

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 18, 2021

The VCU African American Alumni Council and VCU alumni from the Theta Rho chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. present a Zoom seminar on COVID-19 in the Black community. Although Black Americans comprise 13.4% of the U.S. population, they make up 33.1% of all COVID-19-related hospitalizations.

Attend this seminar to gain an understanding of the virology, health care challenges, epidemiology and preventive skills necessary to survive the next surge of the virus. Over the past year, internationally, the presenters have educated more than 2 billion people on COVID-19 prevention and control.  

Register for the Zoom link. Submit your questions ahead of the event at


  • Lane Knight, D.D.S. (B.S.’93/H&S): Knight practices the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Southern Maryland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He has devoted his professional career to all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice with special interests in dental implants, pathology and trauma. He also serves as courtesy faculty at Howard University Hospital and Howard University’s College of Dentistry where he is actively involved in the training of oral and maxillofacial surgery residents as well as dental students.
  • Malvin Milburn: A business development director, oncology, at RxVantage Inc., Milburn creates software to transform the way physicians and other HCPs receive education about the latest medical breakthroughs, new therapies and information to the benefit of patient care, and provides a platform that empowers medical science representatives to provide valuable education to HCPs.
  • Ron "Pepper" Peters Jr., Dr.PH. (B.S.’91/HP; M.S.’93/HP): Peters retired as an associate professor of behavioral sciences from The University of Texas in 2014. During his tenure, he published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in the professional literature and received more than $5 million dollars in federal grants to investigate health behaviors among incarcerated and vulnerable populations. His research has been featured nationally and internally including on ABC News, Bloomberg Business Week, CBS News, CNN, “Good Morning America” and in USA Today. In addition, he authored the critically acclaimed memoir “Crossing Farmers Boulevard: A Journey to Oneness in a Polarizing World,” which chronicles his life journey of overcoming adversities through self-therapy afforded by the norms of hip-hop culture.




Larry Powell
(804) 828-8194

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