EventsDr. Esther Choo — Racism as a Public Health Crisis — Lowell Lecture

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Dr. Esther Choo — Racism as a Public Health Crisis — Lowell Lecture

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM


The Boston Public Library welcomes physician and popular health and science communicator Dr. Esther Choo for an online conversation moderated by BPL President David Leonard. This program, presented in partnership with the GBH Forum Network, is part of both the Lowell Lecture Series sponsored by the Lowell Institute and the BPL's Repairing America Series.

2020 led organizations of all types to declare a commitment to anti-racism. Yet racism is embedded in nearly every aspect of the health and well-being of our population, affecting everything from risk for disease, disease prevalence, access to healthcare, and health outcomes of all kinds. Using her expertise in public health, emergency care, substance use disorders, and women's health, Dr. Choo highlights the challenges to health equity in the 21st century.

Associate Professor in the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, and Founding Member for TIME’SUP Healthcare, Dr. Esther Choo is known as a bold and innovative voice on gender and racial equity in healthcare and an advocate for new frameworks for building positive and productive workplaces. She has received much praise from numerous users of the popular online medical appointment-booking service Zocdoc: "We wanted to send our sincerest thanks for joining us today! You were an incredible hit among our team. Hearing you talk about issues that our team is so incredibly passionate about was enlightening and energizing. I know it can be challenging to get a sense of the audience's reaction via a virtual event, so I wanted to share just a small selection of our team member's reactions. I also joined our Marketing meeting immediately following and the team was effusive in their praise. Let's just say one team member said, 'I could have listened to her all day!' Other team members made comments like, 'It was absolutely amazing, thought provoking, candid, etc. My favorite event I've been to at Zocdoc.'; 'THIS WAS SO GOOD!'; 'This was easily my favorite Zocdoc event of all time. WOW.'"

The Repairing America Initiative is the Boston Public Library's pledge to focus its 2021 programming and services on bridging the gaps that divide America. By prioritizing economic recovery, civic engagement, COVID-19 recovery, racial equity, workforce development, and youth engagement, the BPL is working to help Americans rise above the challenges they face.

Programming like this is enabled through the generosity of a variety of public and private funding. To learn more and support our programming, visit the Boston Public Library Fund website.

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