What you will learn:

What exactly are the social determinants on health, and why do they matter in and outside of health care? What does health equity mean, and how can organizations advance health equity in today's world? We will explore and unpack these complex questions through an engaging session that integrates science, history, and Dr. Wang's lived experiences as a bussing (school desegregation) student who lived in Boston and commuted to a wealthy, predominantly White suburb. This experience profoundly shaped her decision to pursue a career as a health equity researcher and social justice champion. Today, Dr. Wang directs community-engaged research to target racial and economic inequities in obesity and chronic diseases and cultivates multisectoral collaborations to implement data-driven programs and policies. One of her current projects is a randomized controlled trial of a community-based intervention to prevent childhood obesity through Boys and Girls Clubs.

About the instructor:

Dr. Monica Wang is nationally recognized as a leading public health and health equity researcher, educator, and practitioner. As an innovative educator with formal training in case-based teaching and online course design, Dr. Wang has taught graduate courses (in-person, hybrid, and online) on the social determinants of health at Harvard University and Boston University since 2010. As an award-winning researcher, she directs community-engaged research to target racial inequities in obesity and chronic diseases and cultivates multisectoral collaborations to implement data-driven health policies and programs. Dr. Wang has generated over $5 million in federal and foundation grants for her program of research and published over 50 peer-reviewed publications. She has received numerous national, regional, and institutional awards for her research, teaching, and service and is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, an Associate Director at the BU Center for Antiracist Research, and an adjunct Associate Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a social justice champion at heart and an avid runner, artist, baker, spouse to a physician, and mom to two energetic children.
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Suggested Length:90 min
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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