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Tuesday, December 7th at 6 PM in 909 Renaissance Park

Talk description:

The COVID-19 pandemic amplified a broad spectrum of inequities in communities throughout our Commonwealth. The race to respond to the escalating pandemic and vaccinate eligible individuals revealed important lessons about the role of community risk and resilience during a public health crisis. This presentation will explore, through the perspectives of local public health leaders, the relationship between resilience and equity and what we can do now to strengthen our ability to respond to the next big public health challenge.

Dr. Neil Maniar is a Professor of the Practice, Associate Chair, and Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program in the Department of Health Sciences within the Bouvé́ College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Dr. Maniar is a 2021 recipient of the Kenerson Award, which is presented to a faculty member who has shown a commitment to improving the health of people in urban communities through interdisciplinary research and teaching. Dr. Maniar was also recently elected President of the Massachusetts Public Health Association. Dr. Maniar’s areas of teaching, research, and practice focus on identifying and addressing the social determinants of complex public health problems including violence, health disparities, and cancer and developing innovative and sustainable solutions to advance community health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Maniar co-developed and co-led the Academic Public Health Volunteer Corps, which deployed over 1,000 public health student and alumni volunteers into local health departments throughout Massachusetts. Dr. Maniar received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and his Master of Public Health (MPH) with distinction from the Yale University School of Public Health. He has a BA from Connecticut College with a double major in English and Zoology.