Hampton, Va. (Nov. 28, 2023) On Wednesday, November 29, at 4:00PM ET U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy heads to Hampton University for the final stop of his national “We Are Made to Connect” Tour [u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net]. He will be in conversation with actor and mental health advocate Da’Vinchi (Starz’s “BMF” and CW’s “All American”) to discuss the importance of social connection to our mental and physical health.

As a part of the event, Dr. Murthy will issue a 5-for-5 Connection Challenge [u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net] to students, challenging them to take 5 actions for 5 days that express gratitude, offer support, or ask for help from people in their lives. These types of actions are outlined in the Surgeon General’s Advisory on Our Epidemic of Loneliness [u7061146.ct.sendgrid.net] as ways that people can catalyze social connection. As outlined in the Advisory, social connection can advance physical, mental, and cognitive health, and it is even associated with a decreased risk of mortality.

Actor Da’Vinchi can currently be seen starring on the hit Starz series “BMF,” produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.  He also starred on Freeform’s “Grown-ish,” and continues to recur on the hit CW series “All American.”  Da’Vinchi has successfully used his rising platform over the last two years to help shed a light on mental illness in black and brown communities. He started his Mental Health Awareness College Tour and has drawn thousands to hear him speak on the topic of the current mental health crisis that is overtaking our youth in America. He has recently teamed up with such organizations as McDonalds, American Family Insurance, Capital One and our nation’s top doctor, The U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, to help shed light on this matter of national security in our country. With the rising suicide rates of young adults, and more and more young people being diagnosed with depression, loneliness and isolation, the Haitian born actor, Abraham D. Juste, found it to be his calling to speak about his own battles with the disease and to let people know they are not alone in their struggles and that they should not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help.


U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

Da’Vinchi, Actor and Mental Health Advocate


Hampton University

Student Center Ballroom

135 Marshall Avenue

Hampton, VA 23668


Wednesday, November 29th  


3:30 PM: Press Arrival

4:00 PM: Event Begins 


Media interested in attending and in parking instructions should RSVP to Anna Lowenthal, Anna.Lowenthal@HHS.gov or 202-961-8183.

The Surgeon General is ending his “We Are Made to Connect” Tour at Hampton University. Below is a full list of the tour stops:

·       October 25: Duke University (Durham, NC) 

·       November 3: University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

·       November 8: University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)

·       November 13: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

·       November 27: NYC students (Brooklyn, NY)

·       November 28: Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

·       November 28: Camden County College (Camden, NJ)

·       November 29: Hampton University (Hampton, VA)