The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ)


The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) is a series of lectures and dialogues which 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.

2018-2019 Equity and Social Justice Events


1:00 – 1:50 PM
Location: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kresge Building, Room G3
The Annual Yerby Diversity Lecture
"Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Understanding Violence Through the Lens of Racial Trauma"
Speaker: John Rich, MD, MPH '90
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University

12:30 – 1:15 PM, reception to follow
Location: Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center, Room 227
2019 Howard, Dorsey, Still Lecture
Keynote Speaker: Otis Webb Brawley, MD, MACP
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President, Research
American Cancer Society
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.
Sponsored by HMS/DICP

9:00 - 11:30 AM
Location: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Yawkey 306/307
7th Annual Cancer Disparities Research Symposium
In Recognition of National Minority Cancer Awareness

Keynote Speaker: Carol L. Brown, MD, FACS
Associate Cancer Center Director for Diversity & Health Equity; Director, Office of Diversity Programs; Attending Surgeon, Gynecology Services, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Co-sponsored by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Caner Care Equity Program, DF/HCC Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Harvard Catalyst Community Engagement Program, HMS/DICP, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and University of Massachusetts Boston – U54 Partnership

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center Room 227, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics
A presentation and discussion with author Karla FC Holloway
Co-sponsored by HMS Center for Bioethics and HMS/DICP


MAY 8, 9, 10, 2019
Location: Harvard Medical School, Boston

Leadership and Faculty Development Program Conference
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
12:00 - 4:00 PM
"Maternal Fetal Health"
Keynote Speaker:  Eugene Declercq, PhD, Professor, Community Health Sciences, Assistant Dean of Doctoral Education, DrPH Program, Boston University School of Public Health; Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine
Panel One – Systems Based Interventions
Panel Two – Community Based Interventions
Thursday, May 9, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Minority Health Policy Annual Meeting
Research Presentations – DICP and Harvard Catalyst PFDD Faculty Fellows
Practicum Presentations – The Commonwealth Fund Fellows in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University
Thursday, May 9, 2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM
10th Anniversary Reede Scholars Symposium: Digital Health: Advancing Health Equity Symposium
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Woodson, MD, Director, Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy, Boston University
Friday, May 10, 2019
9:30 - 11:30 AM
“Career Development Training: Time Management”
Presenters: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Division of Adolescent/Youth Adult Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
Judith Zola, Director of Learning and Development, Boston Children’s Hospital
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 | Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and 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 Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University | 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.


TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019
12:30PM  - 1:30PM
Location: Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Center Room 227, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
"Healthcare Disparities, Can We Really Afford Not to Address Them?"
Presenter: Kirk W. Dabney, MD, MHCDS
Chief Medical Officer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Associate Division Chief, Cerebral Palsy Program; Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children; Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine
Co-sponsored by Boston Children’s Hospital Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, HMS/DICP


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