The Nantucket Campus is CLOSED, Boston Campus open for timed visits

The Coronavirus Exposes America’s Public Health Crisis: Racism

A Race in the Public Dialogue Event


The Covid-19 pandemic is the most devastating health issue of this century. It has disproportionately impacted African Americans and other marginalized populations, heightening awareness of racism as the root of America’s public health crisis.

Dr. Christina M. Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, moderates a discussion in three parts to examine the impact of COVID-19 and the need to retool healthcare to improve health outcomes for African Americans and other marginalized people.

Covid-19 researchers from Moderna will share the most up-to-date information about the vaccines. Public health officials will discuss plans for vaccinating underserved communities in Massachusetts.

We will get an historical perspective of race, medicine and healthcare in America, especially the role Black physicians and community health centers play in addressing the social determinants of health.

Finally, you will meet the next generation of physicians and learn how they and their colleagues are working to end the existence of implicit bias in health care.

Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket presents Race in the Public Dialogue series to explore the historical roots of systemic racism and its impact on the unrest and the cultural changes so many are fighting for today. The series engages the dialogue needed to gain an informed understanding of how African American’s fight for freedom and equity has benefited all Americans, as well as sowed the seeds of today’s difficult times. The The series also illuminates the true stories behind the making of America… the stories that have been left out of the textbooks….the stories that explain why we are where we are today and provide context as to where we as a nation need to go.