The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ)


The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) is a series of lectures and dialogues now in its second academic year, targets the Harvard Longwood community as well as communities in the greater Boston area. The series provides context to the historical, current, and future state of equity and social justice in health and health care, and engages and equips participants with tools to take action. ESJ events focus on four areas: (1) History and Context, (2) Culture and Environment, (3) Health Disparities, and (4) Leadership and Skills Development.

Equity and Social Justice Committee

The ESJ Planning Committee is comprised of faculty, staff and students, representing the HMS community.

Please click here to see members of the Equity and Social Justice Committee.

2017-2018 Equity and Social Justice Events


Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM, reception to follow
Location: Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston 
Your Leadership Voice: Challenging the Narrative on Diversity, Race and Health
Speaker: David Hayes-Bautista, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Director, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture
Sponsor: HMS/DICP, Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
Monday, April 30, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 PM, reception to follow
Location: Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston
2018 Howard, Dorsey, Still Lecture
"Violence Prevention: Guns, Public Health and Healthcare"
Keynote Speaker: Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD
Dean, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University, Los Angeles, CA
The Howard, Dorsey, Still Lecture is named for the first three African Americans, Edwin Howard (HMS 1869), Thomas Dorsey (HMS 1869) and James Still (HMS 1871), who graduated from Harvard Medical School in the mid-1800's, and recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the nation's health.
Sponsor: HMS/DICP


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
Film Screening, Panel Discussion and Reception
The Power to Heal: Transforming America’s segregated Hospitals
An hour-long PBS documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.
Evelynn Hammonds, PhD (Moderator)
Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Professor of African and African American Studies, Chair, Department of the History of Science; Harvard University
Michael Meltsner, JD (Featured in the Film)
George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Alvin Poussaint, MD (Featured in the Film)
Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Harvard Medical School
David B. Smith, PhD (Author of the Book)
Research Professor, Health Care Management and Policy, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University;
Professor Emeritus, Health Care Management and Policy, Temple University
Author of the Book:  The Power to Heal: Civil Rights, Medicare and the Struggle to Transform America’s Health  System.  Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press 2016.  Recipient of the Goldberg Prize for the best book in the area of medicine.
David Williams, PhD
Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology, Harvard University
Wednesday - Thursday, May 3, 2018
9:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA
Leadership and Faculty Development Program Conference
Improving the Care of Patients with Disabilities Through Research, Education, Policy and Advocacy
Co-sponsors: Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Office for Academic Careers and Faculty Development , and Office of Diversity and Inclusion | Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Faculty Development | Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Faculty Development and Diversity | Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Medicine, Division of Minority Affairs| Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Office for Faculty Development | Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities | Harvard Catalyst/Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion | Harvard School of Dental Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion | Harvard School of Public Health, and Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development| Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy | Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion | McLean Hospital Office of the Chief Academic Officer.

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