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2021 Social Justice Symposium

Fighting Health Inequities through Racial Justice: A Public Health Lens

MEZCOPH Social Justice Symposium 2021

This year’s Social Justice Symposium, "Fighting Health Inequities through Racial Justice: A Public Health Lens" will feature research related to health inequities that result from racial injustice and keynote speaker Charmaine Ruddock from the National REACH Coalition.

This year’s Symposium will be held virtually via a Zoom webinar on: Friday, March 19, 2021 from 8am to 2:30pm. A pre-event film screening will be held the night before the event on March 18. The annual Social Justice Symposium facilitates dialogue surrounding the interrelationship of social issues and health between students, faculty, community partners, and other health professionals.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Fighting Health Inequities through Racial Justice: A Public Health Lens,” which will use public health to explore health inequities as a result of racism/racial injustice across an array of topics such as maternal and child health, mental health, COVID-19 outcomes and prevention, nutritional disparities and chronic disease prevention.

Keynote Speaker: Charmaine Ruddock from the National REACH Coalition

Charmaine Ruddock, National REACH CoalitionCharmaine Ruddock joined the Institute for Family Health, a network of federally qualified health centers in New York, in 2000 to direct Bronx Health REACH, a coalition of 80+ community and faith-based organizations focused on racial and ethnic health disparities in the Bronx. As Director, she oversees a multi-sectorial effort to understand and address the underlying causes of, and solutions to, racial and ethnic health disparities in the community. Her responsibilities include: 1) developing a community coalition of health care providers, community and elected leaders, government and social service agencies, local businesses, faith and community based organizations in a place based approach to health equity and; 2) creating sustainable primary prevention initiatives; and 3) promoting community transformation through policy, system and environmental changes.

Ms. Ruddock is a founding member of the National REACH Coalition and currently chairs the Board of Directors.

She holds a BA. in Literature and Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies and a Masters of Science in Management and Policy Analysis from the Graduate School of Management at The New School.

The National REACH Coalition

The National REACH Coalition (NRC) is a national network of community-based organizations that promotes, develops, and implements innovative health equity programs in both urban and rural communities. Our staff and Board of Directors are leaders in the public health field, with years of experience focused on the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities within the United States.

Pre-Event Film Screening

We will kick-off the symposium with a Pre-event on Thursday, March 18 at 6:00pm with our guest speakers, Dr. Barbara Berney, Dr. David Smith, and Dr. Jerome Dotson, and a film screening of Power to Heal.


Please register for both events here in order to receive the Zoom link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You will use the same Zoom link to join both the pre-event film screening and  the 15th Annual Social Justice Symposium. Note: The Zoom link you receive should not be shared with others as it is unique to you.


We hope you will join us for this year’s Social Justice Symposium!

For more information please contact:

Social Justice Symposium Planning Committee

University of Arizona
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

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