The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy launches a virtual series of events this week with a discussion of the local impact of safety nets on colored communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Panelists at the event on April 1 include:
- William Lopez, a clinical assistant professor at the School of Public Health as well as a faculty assistant at both the Latina / o Studies Program and Poverty Solutions;
- Kat Stafford, a national investigative writer with The Associated Press, in which she examines how structural racism has fueled inequality in the United States; and
- Charles E. Williams II, pastor of the historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit and the Michigan Chair of the National Action Network. Williams is also involved in research at UM’s Center for Assets, Education and Inclusion and Poverty Solutions.
The panel will be moderated by Mara Ostfeld, Associate Professor of Poverty Solutions and an Assistant Researcher at Ford School. Ostfeld is the faculty leader at the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study.
The series aims to explore policies at the local and state levels that respond to the racial health and economic disparities stemming from the pandemic. Organized by the Ford School’s Center for Racial Justice and co-sponsored by Poverty Solutions and the National Center for Institutional Diversity, the series will bring together policy makers, journalists, researchers and community leaders.
Future events are scheduled for May 6 and June 10.
Scheduled to attend on May 6 is Cameron Webb, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Virginia and Senior Policy Advisor for COVID-19 Equity in the White House COVID-19 Response Team. He will be in conversation with Luke Shaefer, Poverty Solutions’ faculty director.
On June 10, Joneigh Khaldun, former Medical Director of the State of Michigan and current Vice President and Chief Equity Officer of CVS Health, is scheduled to speak with Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Director of the Center for Racial Justice.