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Making a health case for reparations in Boston

March 25th @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Presented jointly with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights 

As the national conversation on reparations heats up, Boston has launched a task force to document the city’s ties to slavery, examine the legacy of structural racism, and recommend paths for redress. Meanwhile, public health leaders are beginning to explore how they can contribute their expertise. This event brings together City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia, who pressed for the reparations task force, and public health scholar Mary Bassett, who has written extensively about how reparations could help close huge racial disparities in health outcomes. The two will discuss the basis for reparations, how they could affect health and well-being, and how public health research could inform program design. They’ll also look at how Boston’s efforts fit into the national discussion. 

Register for free to submit your questions.   

An on-demand video will be posted after the event. 


Mary Bassett, Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

Julia Mejia, Boston City Councilor At-Large 


Natalia Linos, Executive Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights 


Date: March 25th
Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events


Kresge Building
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