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Federal Reserve Bank: Racism and the Economy: Focus on Health

When Sep 09, 2021
from 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM
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 People without good health or health care often struggle to fully participate in the economy.

The eighth installment of our virtual event series examines how systemic racism impacts health and, ultimately, economic outcomes. Social determinants of health like economic stability and housing affect the kinds of jobs people can access. During the COVID-19 pandemic, low-income people of color disproportionately worked in more risky, high-contact jobs, and this led to higher infection and mortality rates. Racial and ethnic health disparities can also be barriers to employment. We explore the intersection of health, racism, and the economy because it’s so critical to the Federal Reserve’s work to promote a strong economy and maximum employment.


  • Stacy Bohlen, Chief Executive Officer, National Indian Health Board
  • Abdul El-Sayed, Physician, Epidemiologist, Author, Podcast Host, and Senior Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Wayne Frederick, President, Howard University
  • William Frist, Former U.S. Senator and U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeon, and Adjunct Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Vanderbilt University
  • Anthony Iton, Lecturer of Health Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities, California Endowment
  • Robert Kaplan, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Darlene Lombos, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Greater Boston Labor Council
  • Vayong Moua, Director of Health Equity Advocacy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (Moderator)
  • Elena Rios, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Eric Rosengren, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Marielle Segarra, Senior Reporter, Marketplace (moderator)
  • Andrea Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer, HealthPartners
  • John Williams, President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Stella Yi, Assistant Professor, New York University Grossman School of Medicine
  • More speakers to be added




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