Racism and Social Justice in Public Health: A Symposium

March 27
Day 1: Monday, March 27 10:30AM - 3PM NYU Kimmel Center, 9th Floor Day 2: Tuesday, March 28 3PM - 6PM NYU GPH 708 Broadway, 3rd Floor

Hosted by the GPH Center for Anti-racism, Social Justice, & Public Health 

The Center for Anti-racism, Social Justice, & Public Health hosting its inaugural annual symposium Racism and Social Justice in Public Health. They are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the seminal report "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare," with a keynote presentation by Dr. Brian Smedley, who is among the inaugural class of Equity Scholars at the Urban Institute.

Symposium Agenda

Day 1 - Monday, March 27 
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 9th Floor

  • 10:30AM - 11:00AM - Welcome and Breakfast
  • 11:00AM - 12:00PM
    • Session 1: "Undoing the War on Drugs?  Implications of Contemporary Drug Policy Reforms for Health Equity and Racial Justice" - Moderated by Dr. Saba Rouhani (NYU GPH) with Dr. Spruha Joshi (NYU Langone), Dr. John Pamplin II (Columbia University), and Dr. Sheila Vakharia (Drug Policy Alliance)
    • Session 2: "Data, Algorithms, and Structural Racism"By Dr. Stephanie Cook (NYU GPH), Dr. Rumi Chunara (NYU GPH), and Dr. Michael Ralph (Howard University)
  • 12:00PM - 1:00PM - Lunch
  • 1:00PM - 2:00PM
    • Session 1: All Of Us Poster Session - By Dr. Stephanie Cook (NYU GPH)
    • Session 2: "Ban This: A Conversation on Book Bans and Rebellious Reading for Social Justice"By Dr. Anna-Michelle McSorely (NYU GPH)
  • 2:00PM - 3:00PM
    • Session: "Is 'Structural Racism' A Cop Out?"By Dr. Claudia Passos (NYU GPH), Dr. Matthew Liao (NYU GPH) and Dr. Yolonda Wilson (Saint Louis University)


Day 2 - Tuesday, March 28
NYU School of Global Public Health, 708 Broadway, 3rd Floor

  • 3:00PM - 4:00PM 
    • Keynote Presentation: "Unequal Treatment at 20: Accelerating Progress Toward Health Equity"- By Dr. Brian Smedley (Urban Institute)
  • 4:00PM - 5:00PM
    • Keynote Panel: "Addressing Systematic Racism in Health from Pathogenesis to Salutogenesis" - Featuring Dr. Brian Smedley, Dr. Keon Gilbert (Brookings Institute), Dr. Nichola Davis (NYC Health + Hospitals)
  • 5:00PM - 6:30PM - Networking Reception