World Health Day: Global Perspectives on the Social Determinants of Health

April 07, 2021


On April 7, 2021, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in association with The International Society for Urban Health and the NYU School of Global Public Health, sponsored an event on the social determinants of health, with a focus on health equity issues.

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed racial and economic disparities in baseline health, access to quality healthcare, and health outcomes in the U.S. and internationally. For example, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports that while Black Americans represent only about 13% of the population in the states reporting racial/ethnic information of people who have died of COVID-19, they account for about 34% of total COVID-19 deaths in those states.

During this event, a panel moderated by Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Clinical Professor at NYU School of Global Public Health, discussed the social determinants of health and what actions governments, healthcare institutions, and the financial sector can take to create change.

Event Details

Date & Time
April 7, 2021
10:00am EST – 11:00am EST


The event is open to the public and the media. All remarks are on the record and the event will be recorded.

10:00am Welcoming Remarks

Jack Gutt, Head of Communications & Outreach, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
10:05am Overview

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., Clinical Professor, NYU School of Global Public Health
10:15am Panel discussion

Donald F. Schwarz, M.D., Senior Vice President - Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mickey Chopra, Global Lead in the Health Nutrition and Population practice of the World Bank
Helene Gayle, CEO of the Chicago Community Trust
Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the Global Commission on Social Determinants of Health
Moderator: Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., Clinical Professor, NYU School of Global Public Health
10:55am–11:00am Closing remarks

David J. Erickson, Head of Outreach & Education, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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