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can reparations close the racial health gap

Can reparations close the racial health gap? 


A symposium examining the persistent toll of anti-Black racism and avenues for redress

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022 |  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
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This free, full-day symposium will bring together leading scholars, community organizers, and policy makers to examine how structural racism shapes health — and to explore whether reparations can begin to address the wide disparities in access and outcomes. We’ll have plenty of opportunities for interaction, so bring your questions and ideas!

Check-in starts at 8 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Please view full agenda here.

Speakers include: 

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, New York Health Commissioner
Cornell William Brooks, JD, MDiv, former President and CEO of the NAACP and Professor of the Practice, Harvard Kennedy School
William A. (“Sandy”) Darity, Jr., PhD, Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University
Deborah D. Douglas, Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Emancipator
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Dean of the Boston University School of Public Health
April Khadijah Innis, MD, MSc, Director of Community Engaged Research, King Boston
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer of the American Medical Association
Julia Mejia, Boston City Councilor
Kamilah Moore, JD, LLM, Chair of the California Reparations Task Force
Robin Rue Simmons, Founder and Executive Director, FirstRepair
Michelle A. Williams, ScD, Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The event is sponsored by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Harvard Public Health magazine. Please note that it will be held in person only; there is no livestream.

Support for the symposium is provided by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and The JPB Foundation. The views expressed during the program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders or organizers.