5/2: The 2023 Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health With Dr. Joseph Betancourt

Monday, April 03, 2023

Health Leadership for Health Justice

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

5:30 – 7:00 PM 

Zoom; George Sherman Union Auditorium, 775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

A Hybrid Event Presented by

 Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health


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Watch the 2023 Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health featuring Dr. Joseph Betancourtm, hosted by the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health at the BU School of Social Work . Dr. Betancourt, president of the Commonwealth Fund and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, shares his vision for eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in medical care by developing anti-racist leaders in social work and public health.

5:30 pm: Opening remarks by Ellie Zambrano, CISWH executive director
5:35 pm: Introduction by Dean Jorge Delva, BU School of Social Work
5:37 pm: Dr. Joseph Betancourt presents
6:10 pm: Break
6:15 pm: Q&A with Dr. Joseph Betancourt
6:50 pm: Closing remarks by Ellie Zambrano

Content Level: Intermediate

Continuing Education Credit Info:
The target audience of this lecture and discussion is LICSW, LCSW, LSW, LSWA and other health care professionals. Health Leadership for Health Justice  is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 5/2/2023 – 5/2/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 continuing education credits.

1.5 national continuing education credits (free) are available to social workers licensed in the United States after the completion of a brief post-event quiz. The event will provide intermediate-level content and must be attended live in order to receive CE credits. If you would like to receive credits, please provide your license number during registration. The post-event quiz will be sent out at the end of the event and will be a Qualtrics quiz. Applicants will need a score of 70% or higher to receive the CE certificate, which will be sent via email. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how social influences—such as lower levels of education, overall lower socioeconomic status, inadequate and unsafe housing, racism, and living in close proximity to environmental hazards—disproportionately affect minority populations and thus contribute to disparities and poorer health outcomes.
  • Examine ways social work and healthcare leaders must identify and address such disparities in their organizations
  • Apply a model for an organizational focus on inclusion and building a culture in which care teams and patients feel valued, respected, and engaged.

Boston University strives to be accessible, inclusive, and diverse in its facilities, programming, and academic offerings. Your experience in this event is important to us. If you have a disability (including but not limited to learning or attention, mental health, concussion, vision, mobility, hearing, physical, or other health-related issues), require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason, please contact the event organizer at [email protected] to discuss your needs.

About Dr. Joseph Betancourt
Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H., is president of the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation promoting a high-performing, equitable healthcare system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for people of color, people with low income, and those who are uninsured. One of the nation’s preeminent leaders in health care, equity, quality, and community health, Betancourt formerly served as the senior vice president for Equity and Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), overseeing the organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and community health portfolio, including its Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Disparities Solutions Center, Center for Community Health Improvement, and centers focused on gun violence prevention, community health innovation, immigrant health, and global health. Previously, Betancourt led the Mass General Brigham (MGB) system’s COVID Equity and Community Health response and served as vice president and chief equity and inclusion officer at MGH, where he helped develop and launch the organization’s Structural Equity Ten-Point Plan and MGB’s United Against Racism Initiative. As director of MGH’s Disparities Solutions Center, which he founded, Betancourt worked to develop the capacity of healthcare organizations to improve quality, address disparities, and achieve equity. The center’s Disparities Leadership Program worked with more than 350 operating healthcare systems across the country, providing guidance on how they can improve quality and value in the care of diverse, minority, and vulnerable populations.

An author of nearly 80 peer-reviewed articles, Betancourt has served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including the committee that produced the seminal report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. He is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a board-certified internist, focusing on Spanish-speaking and minority populations. He earned his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed an internal medicine residency at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center. Following his residency, he was a member of one of the first classes in the Commonwealth Fund–Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, where he earned an M.P.H.

About Hubie Jones
Hubie Jones (’57), dean emeritus and the School of Social Work dean from 1977 to 1993 helped shape Boston’s civic landscape for over forty-five years and has been integral in numerous community organizations within Boston’s African American population and throughout all Boston neighborhoods.

As associate and executive director at Roxbury Multi-Service Center in 1967, his Task Force on Children Out of School (now Massachusetts Advocacy Center) published the report The Way We Go to School: The Exclusion of Children in Boston, which led to the first-in-the-nation enactment of two landmark laws that focused on special education and bi-lingual education.

In 2010, Jones received the Purpose Prize, a national prize awarded to select individuals over 60 carrying out encore careers and using their skills and experience to make a difference in their communities and the nation.

Established by an anonymous donor, the Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health fund is partially endowed at $50,000. Additional support is being sought from alumni and friends. To make a donation in support of the fund, please click here to make a contribution.

About the Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health
The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health is an annual symposium that addresses vexing health issues, featuring national and international leaders at the intersection of health and social justice. The series was established in 2012 by an anonymous donor to honor the vision of Hubie Jones and is hosted by the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health.

Alumni and friends are encouraged to continue Hubie’s legacy through donations to the Hubie Jones Fund for Urban Social Work Practice. Your support will fund scholarships that help deserving students pursue an MSW degree, as well as research and programs in service of the BU School of Social Work’s urban mission. To make a donation, please click here.