Health inequities and differences in access to high-quality health care are, in large part, a result of structural racism in US health care policy. Our current health care system and social structures tend to advantage the White population and disadvantage racial and ethnic minority populations. Dr. Figueroa will discuss the historical context of these inequities and give a detailed account of modern structural racism in health care policy, highlighting its role in health care coverage, financing, and quality. He will also discuss steps we must take to reform our system so that health equity becomes the norm.


Dr. Figueroa, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He is also a practicing Hospitalist and Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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