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COVID-19, Black Communities, and Health Justice

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Zoom Webinar

Racialized social policies have created the conditions that make it hard for communities to thrive. Inequities in the COVID-19 pandemic have made this quite clear. Improving health equity calls for an acknowledgment of the ways in which white supremacy culture permeates health policies and practice at all levels, as well as taking collective action to develop systems that are led by antiracist change. This panel will explore the role that social work, health care, public health, community organizations, and policy can play in advancing health equity.


  • Linda Sprague Martinez, Ph.D, Chair of Macro Practice and Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
  • Elaine Nsoesie, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Cassandra Pierre, MD, MPH, MSc. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Medical Director of Public Health Programs, Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Boston Medical Center
  • Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN, Executive Director, National Association of Community Health Workers
  • Ellie Zambrano, MSW, LICSW, Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (moderator)

1.5 free continuing education credits are available for social workers licensed in Massachusetts, after completion of a brief quiz. This event is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health at Boston University’s School of Social Work.

Register here.

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