NYC Health Commissioner & Former CDC Director Headline Conference on Racial Equity & Urban Well-Being

Policymakers, researchers, community leaders will discuss partnerships between health and other sectors

Wednesday, May 03 2017

The Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine is holding a conference on May 22 about how healthcare and public health can work in partnership with other sectors to advance racial justice, health equity, and well-being in urban settings.

In recent years, the national conversation on racism has focused significantly on the realms of public safety and criminal justice. But racism is also a healthcare and public health issue, with decades of research documenting its impact on health. The Health And…Racial Equity and Urban Well-Being conference will address this critical theme by exploring constructive strategies that bridge healthcare and public health with other sectors to improve community health and racial equity.

We will bring together leading health and housing officials, population health researchers, and community leaders to look at how we might build evidence for and broaden the reach of effective interventions that improve health and well-being —such as violence prevention, arrest reduction efforts, and reducing urban blight and improving safety.


  • Keynote: “Healthcare And Public Health Approaches To Addressing Racism” by Mary Bassett, New York City Health Commissioner
  • Plenary: “Broad-Based Versus Targeted Strategies To Improve Population Health” by Tom Frieden – former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and former New York City Health Commissioner
    • Discussion led by Gbenga Ogedegbe, NYU and NYU School of Medicine
  • Addressing Health Impact of Racism and Violence” panel moderated by John Hockenberry, WNYC’s “The Takeaway”
    • “Healthcare and harm reduction” – Joseph Ravenell, NYU School of Medicine
    • “Taking a public health approach to violence through surveillance” – Nancy Krieger, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    • “An innovative community based violence prevention program” – Shannon Cosgrove, Cure Violence
  • “Strengthening Urban Settings to Improve Wellbeing” panel moderated by Chau Trinh-Shevrin, NYU School of Medicine
    • “Applying science to reducing blight and improving safety” – Charles Branas, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
    • “Neighborhood interventions to improve health and well-being” - Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, New York City Housing Authority
    • “Developing partnerships between the healthcare sector and neighborhoods, community leaders, real estate developers and others” - Katherine O’Regan – NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, formerly U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Health And… conference will take place Monday, May, 22, 2017, from 8:30 AM to 4 PM at Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York City. Visit our conference website for more information.

To register as a member of the media, please contact Elaine Meyer,, (646) 501-2895

Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine
The Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine is a diverse group of faculty researchers and staff working in New York City and around the globe to improve the health of populations by developing and testing real-world solutions in partnership with healthcare systems, communities, policymakers, and other sectors. For more information, please visit:, and watch our video: