Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Jeffrey Sánchez, Former Massachusetts State Representative

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Voices in Leadership During Crises: Michelle Williams & Jeffery Sánchez

This event was streamed live on our Facebook and on Voices in Leadership website on Thursday, June 11, 2020, 1:00 – 1:30 PM ET.

On Thursday, June 4th Michelle Williams, epidemiologist and dean of the faculty at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, and Jeffrey R. Sánchez, a former Massachusetts state representative and lecturer at Harvard Chan, co-authored an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “Racism is Killing Black People. It’s Sickening Them, Too.” The article outlines how racism is a public health crisis, discussing the role of racism in underlying conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension, as well as inequitable healthcare access and quality of care. Join us as Dean Williams and Rep. Sánchez continue this conversation and discuss what our country must do to rise to this moment and press for meaningful policy change. Moderated by Sara BleichProfessor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91, is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming Dean, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Program Leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Dean Williams previously had a distinguished career at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her scientific work places special emphasis in the areas of reproductive, perinatal, pediatric, and molecular epidemiology. Dean Williams has published over 450 scientific articles. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. The Dean has a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.

Jeffrey Sánchez, former Massachusetts State Representative. Throughout his time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Chairman Sánchez has emphasized bringing people together to work out their differences and pass laws that improve the lives of residents in the Commonwealth, especially the most vulnerable. Most recently in 2018 he was successful in nearly unanimously passing a $41.8 billion budget that was applauded by individual citizens, stakeholders, and business and fiscal watchdogs. He also drafted the largest Housing Bond bill Authorization in the Commonwealths history, $1.8 billion. Under his leadership, Massachusetts continued to lead on gun control by implementing a ban on bump stocks and passed legislation allowing for courts to issue extreme risk protection orders.