Trinity Talks

Trinity Talks: Addressing Health Inequity

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.

The History and Reality of Health Equity

September 9, 2021

A conversation about the history of racial healthcare disparities and how it impacts healthcare today.

Notes from the Field: Health Equity

November 11, 2021

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

January 13, 2022

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

March 10, 2022

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.

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