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BU Symposium: Reducing Health Inequities: Advancing Meaningful Change

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Instructional Building
72 East Concord Street
Hiebert Lounge

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Despite decades of research evidence and attempted interventions, health inequities persist in the United States. In this symposium, we will explore why interventions are often insufficient and how public health can take a leadership role in mitigating social determinants of health including race, class, disability, and gender.


9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Informal Greetings

9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health

Sara S. Bachman, Interim Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, Boston University School of Social Work; Director, Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice, Boston University School of Public Health

9:35 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Alfredo Morabia, Professor of Epidemiology, Barry Commoner Center, Queens College, CUNY and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Public Health

10:25 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Panel Discussion

Race: Darrell P. Wheeler, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University at Albany–SUNY

Class: Laura Lein, Katherine Reebel Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Former Dean, School of Social Work, University of Michigan; Professor of Anthropology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan

Disability: Jay Berry, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Moderator: Abby E. Rudolph, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

11:10 p.m. – 11:25 p.m.

11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Panel Discussion

Structural Racism: David T. Takeuchi, Professor, Dorothy Book Scholar, and Associate Dean for Research, Boston College School of Social Work

Social Determinants of Health: Kelly J. Kelleher, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Public Health, Colleges of Medicine and Public Health, The Ohio State University; Vice President of Community Health and Services Research, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Center Director, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Racial Disparities in Care for Women: Tracy A. Battaglia, Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

Moderator: Thea James, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Boston Medical Center

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

William Vega, Provost Professor and Director, Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion

Tanya Jones, Senior Fellow, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harold J. Phillips, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Training and Capacity Development, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services

Pamela Riley, Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform, The Commonwealth Fund

Moderator: Thomas Byrne, Assistant Professor, Social Welfare Policy, Boston University School of Social Work

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks

Gail Steketee, Dean and Professor, Boston University School of Social Work

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This symposium is co-hosted by the Boston University School of Social Work and the Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health and is sponsored in part by the Charles L. Donahue Frontiers in Public Health Speakers Series.

To read more about the event, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-events/deans-symposia/reducing-health-inequities-advancing-meaningful-change/