Reducing Health Inequities: Advancing Meaningful Change

A Focus on Racism: Morning Presentations and Panel
Making a Difference: Afternoon Presentations and Panel


webpage-symposium-health-inequitiesWednesday, February 1, 2017

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, AJPH

10:25 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Panel Discussion
Darrell P. Wheeler

Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University at Albany–SUNY

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

Jay Berry

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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


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

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.