Equity & Structural Racism: Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare

“Diversity is being asked to the party. Inclusion is being invited to dance.”

—Vernā Myers


Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and other movements have important implications for health and healthcare institutions that seek to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and address Social Determinants of Health (SDH). Informed by these movements, HealthBegins, AcademyHealth, and the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center have each taken steps to address DEI and SDH in unique ways.


In this webinar, we present key insights about how DEI and SDH work is done differently when it’s based in a framework that addresses structural racism and inequity. We describe where health and healthcare institutions often get stuck. And we discuss what we can all do to get “unstuck” — to ensure that SDH and diversity initiatives meaningfully advance structural justice and improve health.



  • Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, Founder & President, HealthBegins
  • Margo Edmunds, PhD, Vice President for Evidence Generation and Translation, AcademyHealth
  • Tom Kieffer, MPH, Executive Director, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
  • Juan Jaime De Zengotita, MD, Medical Director, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center


Webinar Objectives:

By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how equity and structural racism relate to current efforts in health and healthcare to advance Social Determinants of Health (SDH).
  • Explain initiatives that healthcare institutions and researchers are using to advance structural justice and health equity.
  • Identify at least 3 ways to align your institutions’ SDH strategy and DEI efforts and better address structural racism and equity.


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