Consider some of the differences in health statistic outcomes between races in the U.S., such as infant mortality rates, populations living with asthma or diabetes. Add to that data on which populations suffer in tenuous living conditions or lack good public transit to health facilities, and you can perceive how systemic racism contributes to health disparities.
In its third annual Anne Bonnyman Symposium, members and friends of Trinity Church explore these issues and seek to develop specific ways to create positive change in the city of Boston and beyond.
State Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Chairman of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee, delivers the keynote speech to begin a day of talks to consider the following:
- Access to quality health care and services
- Impact of legislation and education on disparities in health
- Faith and spirituality in personal and systemic well-being
- Wellness and healthy choices
- Racism as trauma
- Violence as a public health issue
Photo: U.S. Air Force airmen from the 133rd and 148th Medical Group, Minnesota Air National Guard,
BIO: Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez
Jeffrey Sánchez is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Sánchez represents the Fifteenth Suffolk/Norfolk district, which is made up of the Boston communities Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale, as well as the Precinct 5 of the Town of Brookline, MA.
Sánchez was born in the Washington Heights area of New York City and raised in the Boston neighborhood of Mission Hill. He went to the University of Massachusetts Boston where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Education. Later, Sánchez attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he received a Master in Public Administration (MPA) in 2011 and was a Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston Rappaport Urban Scholar.
Rep. Sánchez became Chair of the MA House Ways and Means Committee in July 2017.