This panel will explore the layers of complexity behind both the implicit and overt racism that is blocking access to the basic right of decent healthcare.
Panel Underwriter for Public Health as a Race Issue
Welcome remarks by U.S. Senator Cory Booker.
Cory Booker believes that the American dream isn’t real for anyone unless it’s within reach of everyone. Cory has dedicated his life to fighting for those who have been left out, left behind, or left without a voice. Cory moved to Newark after law school and started a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families, helping tenants take on slumlords. In 1998, Cory moved into “Brick Towers” in Newark, which eventually became a housing project. Cory lived there until the housing project was demolished in 2006. Cory still lives in Newark’s Central Ward today, where he sees first-hand many of the challenges he’s working to solve in Congress, such as lack of access to affordable health care, environmental injustice, food insecurity, and our broken criminal justice system.
Roslyn Young Daniels
President and Founder
Black Health Matters
Daniels is an award-winning health advocacy leader and launched Black Health Matters in 2012 to be the bridge for thousands of African Americans that would have access to health care services due to the Affordable Care Act. The focus of her work is to improve the health outcomes for Black and Brown people by improving health literacy. She has grown the Black Health Matters franchise from a website to a multi-platform entity that builds capacity for nationally-respected organizations that serve the health and wellness needs of the community. These organizations include sororities, fraternities and civic organizations. Using the BHM ecosystem, Daniels is able to provide information and share insights to motivate Black and Brown families to stay engaged on their health.
In 2017, Daniels decided to disrupt the way that patients and caregivers receive information. The did this by creating Black health Matters Summits that provide unprecedented access to thought-leading clinicians and advocates. These experts provide outstanding presentations that are transformative to all that participate. The Summits are free and open to the public. In 2021, more than 40K people will be exposed to the Black Health Matters Summits.
Author of To End a Plague: America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa
Emily Bass has spent more than twenty years writing about and working on HIV/AIDS in America and East and Southern Africa. Published in July 2021, her first book, To End a Plague: America's Fight to End AIDS in Africa, chronicles the transnational activism that impelled the United States to launch the largest pandemic-fighting effort in the history of the country--and the world. As seen on Rachel Maddow, who lauded Bass's book a "very, very helpful history," To End a Plague tells the story of the people living with HIV, politicians and policy makers who determined the trajectory of global AIDS. Bass's writing has appeared in numerous books and publications including Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Lancet, Esquire, and n+1, and she has received a notable mention in Best American Essays. A lifelong social justice activist, Bass has served as an external expert for the World Health Organization and a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do collective. She is the recipient of a Fulbright journalism fellowship and a Martin Duberman Visiting Research Fellowship from the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Ben Garcia, CPHQ, LSSGB
Director, US Diversity & Inclusion
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Ben began his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1991 working in the New York City marketplace. During his career, Ben has held various sales, account management and leadership roles at Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Bristol Myers Squibb, Roche Labs, Sanofi Genzyme and most recently, Novartis. His recent appointments have been as the Director of Multicultural Marketing for Sanofi Genzyme’s Diabetes & Cardiovascular franchises before joining Novartis in 2018 as an Associate Director for the Cardio-Renal Metabolism Systems of Care team in the Northern New Jersey and NY City market. He currently serves at the US Director for Diversity & Inclusion and is the D&I Lead for Disparities in Care for Novartis. During his time in Multicultural Marketing, Ben educated and provided insights to Sales, US Market Access & Brand Leadership regarding market demographics and multicultural opportunities that further drove uptake of the Diabetes Cardiovascular portfolio in appropriate patients. He partnered with field leadership (Sales, US Market Access & Medical) on the tactical execution of multicultural marketing efforts in identified at risk communities. Ben facilitated multicultural training events to drive awareness, understanding and action as it relates to social determinants of heath and its impact on disparities in care. He has collaborated internal Employee Research Groups to gain insights and perspectives on culturally appropriate materials and initiatives to aid in the understanding of how pharma can better partner with community to bridge the gap in healthcare. Ben also worked alongside training & development departments and sought out ways to integrate multicultural marketing and diversity awareness education into existing curriculum where appropriate. Throughout his three-decade career, Ben has been recognized as a champion for underrepresented communities for his quality initiatives projects in collaboration with healthcare systems. He was part of the 1st cohort of Novartis’ Multicultural Engagement Program centered on mentoring and supporting its African American/Black executives. He has been vocal in facilitating and participating in courageous conversations on diversity and inclusion throughout Novartis in light of the racial challenges faced in the US this past year and the impact implicit bias and racism has had in the field of medicine.
Ben is a native son of New York City and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pace University. He earned the distinction of Certified Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ) from the National Association of Healthcare Quality in and 2012, is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB). He is a former Board Member of the Hispanic AIDS Forum and supporter of The Latino Commission on AIDS. In his spare time, he advocates for at risk youth in the LGBTQI community and works to raise awareness of bile duct cancer by partnering with the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation of America. Ben’s pronouns are he/him/his and he currently resides in New York City with his husband, Jordan.
Senior Fellow - Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program
Scholar-in-residence American University
Columnist - Hechinger Report
Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report. Perry is the author of the new book “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities,” which is currently available wherever books are sold. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is a regular contributor to MSNBC and has been published by The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, TheRoot.com and CNN.com. Perry has also made appearances on CNN, PBS, National Public Radio, NBC, and ABC. Perry’s research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Perry has documented the underlying causes for the outsized number of coronavirus-related deaths in Black communities. Perry’s Brookings research has illuminated how certain forms of social distancing historically accelerated economic and social disparities between Black people and the rest of the country. Perry also mapped racial inequities in housing, income, and health to underscore how policy discrimination makes Black Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Perry’s research has spotlighted the struggles of Black businesses—including artists and art institutions, restaurants, and barbershops and beauty salons—as they await federal relief from COVID-19’s economic impact. In education, Perry explained how college campus closings put housing-insecure students at risk during the pandemic. Perry has also written on the unrealized value of teachers’ work that’s been made apparent by COVID-19, and has commented on the potential loss of Black teachers as a result of an impending recession.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park.
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