Hot Topic: An Evidence-Based Approach to Addressing Healthcare’s Inequities

Tuesday, April 12th

About the Session

David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system—and offers hopeful examples of programs across the U.S. that are working to dismantle discrimination.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the impact of inequalities in healthcare on well-being.
  • Describe examples of programs that are successfully improving health equity.


Presented By

David Williams, PhD

Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Harvard University

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD

Senior Vice President, Equity and Community Health / Founder/Senior Advisor/Faculty / Faculty / Associate Professor, Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital / The Disparities Solutions Center / The Mongan Institute / Harvard Medical School