The Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) is a series of lectures and dialogues taking place in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, targeting 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. Series events focus on four areas: (1) History and Context, (2) Culture and Environment, (3) Health Disparities, and (4) Leadership and Skills Development.
2016-2018 Equity and Social Justice Events
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Amphitheater,
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
“Disparities and Bias in Global Health”
Cultural stereotypes within the medical community may contribute to health care disparities
and unequal patient treatment. Paul Farmer shares his global experience with unconscious bias
and discusses whether a better understanding of our differences could lead to health care justice for all.
Speaker: Paul Farmer, MD, PhD
Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University;
Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Co-founder, Partners in Health
Moderator: Joan Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;
Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
Assistant in Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sponsor: HMS Office of Communications and External Relationsmore...
Thursday, September 28, 2017
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Location: Folkman Auditorium, Boston Children’s Hospital Enders Research Building, 320 Longwood Avenue, Boston
BCH Diversity and Cultural Competency Council (DCCC) Grand Rounds
“Minimizing the Impact of Unconscious Bias”
Speaker: Kathryn M. Rexrode, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine; Faculty Director,
Office for Women’s Careers, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Sponsor: Boston Children’s Hospital DCCC, Office of Faculty Development, Department of Medical Educationmore...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Kirstein Living Room, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston
An annual symposium in honor of Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD, Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education, Harvard Medical School, Past Chair, Orthopaedics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
“African American Males Entering the Medical Field: Disparity, Diminishing, Depressing”
Speaker: Alvin H. Crawford, MD, Honoris Causa Gr., FACS
Professor Emeritus, Orthopaedic and Pediatric Surgery, Founding Director, Crawford Spine Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Alden Landry, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Faculty Assistant Director, Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Associate Director and Advisor, Castle Society, Harvard Medical School
Daniele Olveczky, MD, Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Joan Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Assistant in Health Policy, Massachusetts General
Sponsor: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centermore...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Location: Harvard Medical School, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
Social Justice and the New Food Activism
2017-2018 Frances B. Cashin Fellows’ Presentation Series
“Wilted: Verticillium dahliae in the Making and Unmaking of California’s Strawberry Industry”
Speaker: Julie Guthman, 2017-2018 Frances B. Cashin Fellow; Author; Professor of Social Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
Sponsors: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard Universitymore...
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, reception to follow
Location: Harvard Medical School, TMEC Amphitheater, Boston
Speaker: Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD
Director, National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
Co-sponsors: HMS/DICP, Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policymore...
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, reception to follow
Location: Harvard Medical School, Gordon Hall, Waterhouse Room, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HeLa)”: Film Screening and Bioethics Discussion
Speaker: Pearl O’Rourke, MD
Director of Human Research Affairs at Partners Health Care Systems, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, HMS
Rebecca Li, PhD
Executive Director, VIVLI, Instructor of Medicine, Division of Global Health Equity, HMS, BWH
Co-sponsors: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) Postdoc Graduate Student Affairs Office, HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows; DFCI Human Resources Office of Workforce Development; Boston Children’s Hospital; HMS/Center for Primary Care; BWH/Office for Research Careers; Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center; HMS/DICPmore...
Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:00 - 6:00 PM, reception to follow
Location: Harvard Medical School, Tosteson Medical Education Building, Room 227
260 Longwood Avenue, Boston
“Racism and Medicine”
Keynote Speaker: Rahsaan D. Hall, Esq
Director, Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Luis Castellanos, MD, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director, Diversity in Medicine & Faculty Outreach, UC San Diego Health and Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center;
Audra Robertson Meadows, MD, MPH, Instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology,
Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Alexandra Shields, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities
Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Associate Member, Broad Institute
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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.