For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, I’ve chosen to spotlight the Director of the White House’s Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, who is an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, has a huge task in front of her as she addresses disparities related to the pandemic and how people are treated for the illness.
Nunez-Smith focuses her research on “promoting health and health care equity for structurally marginalized populations. You have to show up. You have to listen. You have to learn. And you have to be humble with equity work. Communities are the experts in what they need.”
It is today’s science and medicine that will keep the world turning and its people healthy, and I’m pleased that Dr. Nunez-Smith is part of this community and working to alleviate inequality in how treatment is provided.
“I imagine a future for our children and their peers, where they look back at this time with historical interest, like: ‘Oh my goodness, can you believe the pandemic ravaged communities differently? That would never happen now! That’s what I want them to inherit.” I want our task force to work ourselves out of a job.”
The “We are the World” Blogfest is in the fourth year of a heartfelt journey. The blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts, Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hart and Eric Lahti welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. Click HERE to check out the intention and rules of the blogfest and feel free to sign up at any time. You are always welcome!