The Coronavirus Exposes America’s Public Health Crisis: Racism

WED, FEB 10, 2021

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The Covid-19 pandemic is the most devastating health issue of this century. It has disproportionately impacted African Americans and other marginalized populations, heightening awareness of racism as the root of America’s public health crisis.

Dr. Christina M. Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, moderates a discussion in three parts to examine the impact of COVID-19 and the need to retool healthcare to improve health outcomes for African Americans and other marginalized people. Covid-19 researchers from Moderna share the most up-to-date information about the vaccines. Public health officials discuss plans for vaccinating underserved communities in Massachusetts.

This converdation also covers the historical perspective of race, medicine and healthcare in America, especially the role Black physicians and community health centers play in addressing the social determinants of health. Finally, meet the next generation of physicians and learn how they and their colleagues are working to end the existence of implicit bias in health care.

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+ BIO: Dr. Christina Greer

Dr. Christina Greer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University - Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus. Her research and teaching focus on American politics, black ethnic politics, urban politics, quantitative methods, Congress, New York City and New York State politics, campaigns and elections, and public opinion.

Prof. Greer’s book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the US from Africa and the Caribbean. She finds that both ethnicity and a shared racial identity matter and also affect the policy choices and preferences for black groups. Professor Greer is currently writing her second manuscript and conducting research on the history of all African Americans who have run for the executive office in the U.S. Her research interests also include mayors and public policy in urban centers. Her previous work has compared criminal activity and political responses in Boston and Baltimore. She is the host and producer of The Aftermath with Christina Greer on Prof. Greer received her BA from Tufts University and her MA, MPhil, and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

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