The pandemic has highlighted health inequities that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations by creating and exacerbating poverty and leading to decreased life expectancy throughout the world. Join the Rev. Phillip Jackson as he speaks to leaders and experts, exploring this important topic and what needs to change.
All times in Eastern. Because of the changing nature of the pandemic, please check below for location details.
**Please note, in-person capacity is limited. Registration and proof of vaccination are required for entry to in-person events; masking and social distancing are required during in-person events.
The History and Reality of Health Equity
Thursday, September 9, 6-7pm (online)
A conversation about the history of racial healthcare disparities and how it impacts healthcare today.
- Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, professor at George Washington University and historian of American medicine.
- Dr. Catherine Meeks, executive director, Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Reconciliation
Notes from the Field: Health Equity
Thursday, November 11, 6:30-7:30pm (in-person and online)
A discussion with physicians and researchers about what they are seeing among minority communities across the country and what is being done to address their concerns.
- Dr. Alan Jackson, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, and Medical Director, South Side Community Cardiology
- Dr. Michelle Morse, chief medical officer and deputy commissioner for Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness at New York City Department of Health.
Violence as a Public Health Issue
Thursday, January 13, 6:30-7:30pm (online only)
A discussion about violence as an endemic public health issue, particularly in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, greatly impacting children and teenagers.
Medical Debt and the Health of the Country
Thursday, March 10, 6:30-7:30pm (in-person and online)
A discussion about how medical debt threatens the most vulnerable in society, causing many to delay medical care, declare bankruptcy and even lose their homes.
Elisabeth Benjamin is the vice president of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, where she supervises health policy, health advocacy, and consumer health assistance programs that annually help 130,000 consumers and small businesses enroll in and use health insurance or access low-cost health care. She is a co-founder of Health Care for All New York. She has conducted groundbreaking litigation and health policy research that has led to significant health coverage and health care reforms. Ms. Benjamin has received a number of honors, including City & State Health Power 100 (2022); Crain’s Notable Women in Health Care (2018); New York State Health Foundation Luminary Award (2016); the Progressive Leadership Award (2014); Families USA State Health Advocate of the Year Award (2011); and the Public Health Association of NYC Special Merit Award (2009). Ms. Benjamin is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard School of Public Health, and Columbia Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Robert Sweet in the Southern District of New York.
Health Equity from the Global Perspective
Thursday, April 28, 6:30–7:30pm (in-person and online)
A discussion about health care as a human right.
Please note: this session has been cancelled.