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Essence Festival of Culture: Classifying Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Moderated by Epstein, Becker, and Green Partner Cliff Barnes, this Global Black Economic Forum at Essence Fest 2023 featured President & CEO National Medical Fellowships Michellene Davis, Esq., NMF Board Member and The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University Vice Dean for Medical Education and Admissions and Professor of Internal Medicine Dr. Cedric Bright, and NMF alumna and American Medical Association Chief Healthy Equity Officer and Senior Vice President Dr. Aletha Maybank.
The panel discussed the ways that racism in health care and the structural and systemic racism driving the social and political determinants of health are creating a health crisis among Black Americans and other chronically marginalized groups. The conversation then shifted to how we can create a framework to drive changes to health policies, laws and resource allocation.