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Video: Health Disparities Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar featuring Dr. Zinzi Bailey and Professor Nicholas B. King took place on April 27, 2020 as part of our Policy Challenges During a Pandemic series.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of colour, and has resulted in multifaceted health disparities in the United States and around the world. In particular, Black and Asian communities are experiencing the brunt of systemic racism, from prejudiced discourse to comparatively undersupplied hospital facilities. In addition, prisons and ICE facilities remain unaddressed in COVID-19 health precautions. In this webinar, Dr. Zinzi Bailey comments on the need for inclusive political innovation to combat these inequities, and Professor Nicholas B. King enquires into the nuances of these disparities. 

Dr. Zinzi Bailey

Social Epidemiologist at University of Miami, Managing Director at Health Equity Research Solutions

Zinzi Bailey is a social epidemiologist focused on cancer health disparities, as well as the health impacts of and policy solutions for structural and institutional racism, especially at the intersection of public health and criminal justice. She is also interested in the use of data in equitable policy and management. She was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy from 2014-2015, and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management 2011-2014. Zinzi serves as a Senior Advisor to Robert Wood Johnson's Interdisciplinary Research Leaders and a Mentor for Robert Wood Johnson's Health Policy Research Scholars.

Nicholas King

Associate professor in Biomedical Ethics and in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University

Complexity Seminar: Science in the Policy Process

Core Policy Course: Experts, Science, and Evidence in Public Policy 

Nicholas B. King is an associate professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and associate member in the Institute for Health and Social Policy, and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. He directs the Policy and Data Science program and is a board member of the Center for Social and Cultural Data Sciences at McGill.

COVID-19 and Public Policy image of empty streets and airport

Policy Challenges During a Pandemic

Policy Challenges During a Pandemic is a series of webinars and briefing notes addressing policy aspects of the current public health crisis.


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