Annual Meeting session will explore COVID-19 and social injustice

Date: Oct 25 2020

EMBARGOED UNTIL Oct. 26, 2020, 10:30 a.m. MT
Contact: Media Relations 

COVID-19 has disproportionately infected people of color in the U.S., and systemic racism is a major reason why this is happening. An APHA virtual Annual Meeting and Expo session titled “COVID-19 and Social Injustice” will explore this important issue from 10:30 a.m-12 p.m. (MT) on Oct. 26.

The session will feature presentations from:

  • Lillian Gelberg, MD, MSPH, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA and Travis P. Baggett, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/ Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Boston, MA addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social justice for persons experiencing homelessness. /li>
  • Steven Wallace, PhD, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA discussing the impact of COVID-19 on older people and health equity in the United States.
  • David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA providing a tutorial on racism through the lens of COVID-19.
  • Alexis Guild, Farmworker Justice, Washington, D.C. presenting on the protection of farmworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The APHA Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest and most influential yearly gathering of public health professionals. Themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence," this year’s virtual meeting will be held Oct. 24-28. Register or learn more about APHA’s 2020 Annual Meeting. Working members of the news media may register by contacting


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