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Columbia: Inaugurates 2019-2020 Grand Rounds on 400 Years of Inequality – A Call to Action

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is launching its 2019-2020 Grand Rounds, a community conversation on the science, education, and practice of public health. Initiated in 2008, the series provides an opportunity to explore national and global public health challenges and the innovative approaches needed to transform the public’s health in the 21st century.

This year the Mailman School Grand Round’s theme is “400Years of Inequality: A Call to Action“– in commemoration of the grim 400th anniversary of the first Africans sold into bondage in North America. The Grand Rounds series will examine how threads of this history are woven through all aspects of the present and how they have contributed to health inequities within and beyond the U.S.  The 2019-2020 Grand Rounds will also examine the public health strategies that can effect change.

The opening talk, “Framing Our Struggles for Justice”, featured a faculty panel discussion about the connections between the anniversary and our country’s current health status. It was moderated by Dr. Robert Fullilove, professor of sociomedical sciences, associate dean of community and minority affairs, and included panelists Dr. David Bell, associate professor of population and family health; Dr. Merlin Chowkwanyun, Donald H. Gemson assistant professor of sociomedical sciences; Dr. Jasmine McDonald, assistant professor of epidemiology; and Dr. Frederica Perera, director of translational research at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health and professor of Environmental Health Sciences.

Details will follow on the October 14th seminar in the Fall series, “An Ecology of Inequality” and the third seminar, titled “50 Years Since Stonewall.”

Read more on the series.

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