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Webinar, 3/24: COVID-19, Black Communities, and Health Justice

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Racialized social policies have created the conditions that make it hard for communities to ​thrive. Inequities in the COVID-19 pandemic have made this quite clear. Improving health equity calls for an acknowledgment of the ways in which white supremacy culture permeates health policies and practice at all levels, as well as taking collective action to develop systems that are led by antiracist change. This panel explored the role that social work, health care, public health, community organizations, and policy can play in advancing health equity.

Read a recap of the event at Boston Medical Center’s HealthCity: Seeking Justice in Healthcare for Black Americans in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Linda Sprague MartinezLinda Sprague Martinez, Ph.D, Chair of Macro Practice and Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work





Jon Levy

Jon Levy, ScD, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health; Co-Director, Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing Across the Life Course; Boston University Center for Antiracist Research Affiliated Faculty




Cassandra PierreCassandra Pierre, MD, MPH, MSc. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Medical Director of Public Health Programs, Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Boston Medical Center




Denise SmithDenise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers





Ellie Zambrano, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (moderator)