CUGH Webinar | Addressing Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in the US

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

COVID-19 has shone a bright light on deep disparities in the United States. African-Americans, First Nations and other minority groups have sustained far higher rates of mortality and morbidity due to this pandemic. This reflects a chronic lack of access to opportunities, programs and services that create structural barriers to good health and social-economic advancement. This webinar will highlight these deep challenges and present policy solutions on how to address them.


Patricia Davidson PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN
Dean, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Maureen Lichtveld MD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Mieka Smart DrPH, MHS
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University

Mark Hauswald MD
Director of Global Health Programs & Associate Dean Emeritus, The University of New Mexico


Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director, CUGH
Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons. He held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense and was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment. Dr. Martin has served on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis and served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He has traveled widely in Africa, visiting the continent 28 times. He has had over 170 editorial articles published in major newspapers and has appeared frequently as a political and social commentator on television and radio.

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