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2018 Nordlander Lecture in Science and Public Policy - Dr. Mary Bassett, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

The Carrier Ballroom Statler Hotel

Structural Racism and Health:  From Evidence to Action

Well into the 21st century, Black people in the United States remain sicker and die younger than their white counterparts. A recent review of Black health disadvantage found relative racial health inequities began at birth and continue up to age 65. The differential patterning of racial health inequities is not a reflection of biological difference or some inherent predilection for ill health by people of African descent. Rather it reflects a long history of structural racism. This presentation will examine the health implications of mass incarceration and police repression to elucidate the impact of structural racism on health.

The Nordlander Lectures are given by distinguished scholars and public intellectuals who are engaged in important policy areas.  Dr. Mary Bassett, the New York City public health commissioner, exemplifies the combination of engagement and reflection that we seek to highlight in Nordlander Lecturers. After an undergraduate degree in history and science at Harvard, she received MD (Columbia) and MPH (Univ. Washington) degrees. She spent 17 years on the medical faculty of the University of Zimbabwe, and has worked for the Rockefeller Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation on issues of African health. In 2015, she gave a powerful TED talk on "Why your doctor should care about social justice."


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Lecture, Seminar


Science and Technology Studies


sts, cashum, cascal, isscal, mical, africal, casfeatured, diversity, caring community

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Trina Garrison

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Dr. Mary T. Bassett

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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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