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    President’s Forum on Health Disparities

    “Health Disparities in the World of COVID-19 and Going Forward ​”

Virtual Keynote Features National Expert on Equity & Health Issues, Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist

From Exposure to Vaccination: The Role of Structural Racism in COVID Inequities

Event Held On: April 30, 2021, 11:15 A.M. to 12 P.M.


Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist
Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist

Our keynote speaker is Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, who is a national expert on equity and health issues.  He is dean and Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  

Dr. LaVeist has focused on social and behavioral factors influencing racial differences in health outcomes and quality of life for African Americans. He is the director and executive producer of “The Skin You’re In,” a documentary series about racial inequalities in health. He is also author of six books including “Minority Population and Health: An introduction to health disparities in the United States” (the first text book on health disparities).

An award-winning research scientist, Dr. LaVeist has received the “Innovation Award” from the National Institutes of Health, the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.


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April 24, 2018 - President's Forum on Health Disparities

The President’s Forum on Health Disparities is a signature event supported by UAlbany’s highly distinguished National Institutes of Health (NIH) S21 Award, entitled “The Endowment for Community-Based Health Disparities Research and Training.” At the Forum, leading nationally recognized researchers and community leaders will share their experiences and scholarly work related to health disparities to both our research community and campus partners.

The Forum provides a unique opportunity for health disparities researchers and students to acquire the most current concepts and methods needed to address health disparities and achieve health equity. 

The Forum also is an opportunity for faculty researchers to share their findings, make connections and develop projects through interaction and engagement with like-minded faculty. 

To facilitate those connections, all attendees will be able to view the profiles of forum participants to foster future collaboration and the exchange of ideas.


Community partners, government officials, researchers, faculty, professional staff, postdoctoral associates, and students who are interested in health disparities, are cordially invited to join us for the 2021 President’s Forum on Health Disparities. There will be an opportunity to share your thoughts and participate in several break-out sessions as well.


2021 President’s Forum on Health Disparities