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Making a Health Case for Reparations in Boston

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University logo. The Studio logo. Making a health case for reparations in Boston. Monday, March 25, 1pm ET. hsph.me/studio. Transparent overlapping side profiles of three people, view of Boston skyline and Hakim bridge visible in the background against red/purple background.

Event Recording

Date and Time: Monday, March 25 at 1:00pm – 1:30pm ET

Location: Hybrid – please register for free in advance to submit questions.

Presented jointly by the The Studio at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.

This event brings together City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia, who pressed for a reparations task force in Boston, and public health scholar Mary T. Bassett, who has written extensively about how reparations could help close huge racial disparities in health outcomes.


Dr. Natalia Linos

Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD | FXB Center Executive Director

Dr. Natalia Linos is a social epidemiologist and the Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard. She has over 15 years of experience working at the global and local levels on some of the most pressing public health challenges of our time: from climate change to systemic racism. Since 2019, she has helped build a new research area for the FXB Center focused on racial justice. Along with Dr. Bassett, she co-leads the two largest programs in this area, namely to create an actionable field of scholarship on structural racism and health and make the public health case for reparations. These efforts build on their work together, including at the New York City Health Department and research on the social, legal and political determinants of health.
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Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH | FXB Center Director

Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, is director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights in the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. From December 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 Dr. Bassett was on leave from Harvard and served as New York State’s Health Commissioner. With more than 30 years of experience devoted to promoting health equity and social justice, both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Bassett’s career has spanned academia, government, and not-for-profit work. From 2014 through summer 2018, she served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she made racial justice a priority and worked to address the structural racism at the root of the city’s persistent gaps in health between white New Yorkers and communities of color. Dr. Bassett also led the Department’s response to Ebola, Legionnaires’ disease and other disease outbreaks.
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Julia Mejia

Julia Mejia | Boston City Councilor At-Large

Councilor Mejia is currently the Chair of the Committee on Education, the Chair of the Committee on Government Accountability, Transparency, and Accessibility as well as the Chair of the Committee on Labor, Workforce, and Economic Development. Born in the Dominican Republic, City Councilor At-Large, Julia Mejia arrived in the neighborhood of Dorchester when she was 5 years old. Raised by a single mother who was undocumented for most of her childhood, she was forced at an early age to speak up on behalf of her mother and others who felt ignored by the very institutions that were supposed to serve them.
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Speakers’ remarks are based on their own scholarship and experience. As such, they speak for themselves, not for Harvard University.


March 25
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Studio