The Racial Justice Project invites you to a webinar discussion on the health disparities and associated inequities relating to COVID-19. The discussion will focus on the personal stories of those affected during the pandemic, current initiatives to address these issues, and necessary systemic solutions.
Oni Blackstock, M.D., M.H.S., is the Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Health Department’s Bureau of HIV, where she oversees the New York City’s response to the HIV epidemic. As a primary care physician, HIV specialist, and researcher, she has developed, implemented, and evaluated innovative community- and clinic-based programs to promote HIV treatment and prevention.
K. Torian Easterling, M.D., is the Deputy Commissioner of the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which seeks to eliminate health inequities for those most marginalized in New York City and to reduce overall premature mortality from the leading causes of preventable death. Previously, he served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Health’s Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health as well as an Assistant Professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Jarienn James ’17 is the Law and Justice Program Coordinator of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School, where she creates and manages several public interest and diversity programs at the School. Prior to her role as Coordinator, she served as the Lewis Steele Racial Justice Fellow at NYLS and as a fellow at the NYC Department of Education’s Special Education Unit.
Samuel K. Roberts, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of History and of Sociomedical Sciencesat Columbia University, where he also served as the former Director of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African American Studies. He is the Co-Editor of Columbia University Press’s book series, Race, Inequality, and Health. He also authored the widely acclaimed book, Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation, and hosts the podcast, People Doing Interesting Stuff, where he interviews those working in public health and towards social justice reform.
Alvin Bragg is a Visiting Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Racial Justice Project at New York Law School. He most recently served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General in the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he oversaw health care litigation, including matters relating to coverage of mental health services and marketing of opioid drugs. Earlier in his career, he served as the Chief of Litigation and Investigations at the New York City Council, where he litigated matters relating to access to health care and affordable housing.