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Black MS Experience Summit
September 22 - 24
A Virtual Event
#BlackMSExperience
 
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Being Black and living with multiple sclerosis brings unique challenges and experiences. From scientific and clinical differences in the disease itself to stark inequities in the healthcare system and beyond. The Black MS Experience Summit is an opportunity to connect with others who understand the distinct experience of life with MS as a Black person. Throughout this interactive, three-day virtual event, we will forge powerful connections, learn from leading scientific and healthcare experts and give voice to the unique needs of our community.

Who Should Attend
 
This program is being offered to individuals and families affected by MS in the Black and African American Communities. Join us to learn, connect and engage with others while creating a safe space to be seen, heard and understood. For those unable to attend or allies interested in learning more about the Black MS experience, recordings will be available for viewing after the program.

 

 
Registration Details
 
There is no cost to attend, and attendance is not mandatory for all sessions. Attend as many sessions as you are able. Registration includes both live and recorded video access to entire program.
 
 
Schedule

View a detailed agenda and speaker information on our registration site.

 
September 22-24, 2020
 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. PT

Intro & Welcome
10 minutes

 

MS Expert Session
30 minutes


BREAKOUT SESSION 1
Specialized content and interactive discussion led by a leader in the Black MS community
45 minutes

BREAKOUT SESSION 2
Specialized content and interactive discussion led by a leader in the Black MS community
45 minutes


 

Q&A Panel with All Speakers
30 minutes

 

Program Wrap Up
5 minutes

 

Sketchnotes UK has provided some great visuals that represent themes and aspects of the conversations from the Black MS Experience Summit. These images reflect the artist's interpretation of the event.

Day 1
Advocacy Session (click for a larger image)

Activism
MS Expert Session (click for a larger image)

MS Expert Session
Day 2
State of the Black Woman (click for a larger image)

State of the Black Woman
MS Expert Session (click for a larger image)

MS Expert Session
Day 3
Men's Connection (click for a larger image)

Tyler Campbell's session (Men's Connection)
MS Expert Session (click for a larger image)

MS Expert Session
 
 
Additional Resources
  • Join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Community on Facebook: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Community offers an opportunity for all those affected by MS to participate in self-paced learning units within a social setting. In addition to learning about health and wellness, symptom management and other MS-specific topics, community members can share and comment, connecting to other group members for advice and support. This group includes strategies that can be implemented now to impact quality of life and opportunities to continue the conversation from the Black MS Experience Summit.
  • Get Connected:
     
    • MS Navigators are available to help navigate the challenges of MS.
    • Learn more about MS research.
    • Become an MS activist and advocate for change.
    • Find resources related to MS and coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
    • Support the National MS Society’s goals of increasing diversity across all that we do by becoming an MS Ambassador who engages your community, spreads awareness, and helps ensure that all people see themselves in the MS Movement. To learn more email VolunteerMS@nmss.org.
  • Survey Opportunity: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has launched a new survey with the Lewin Group to better understand the social and financial impacts of living with MS. The results of this survey will be used in discussions with policymakers to advocate for policies to improve the lives of people with MS and their families and may help inform future Society initiatives. The survey should take approximately 35 minutes to complete – please consider sharing your perspective.
 
Thank You to Our Sponsors
 

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