Advancing Anti-Racism and Health Equity in a Lingering Pandemic

Nov 3, 2021 12:00pm to Nov 4, 2021 1:30pm


Virtual Symposium

November 3 and 4, 2021

12pm – 1:30pm PST both days


The 23rd Annual UCLA Health Equity Symposium will explore methods to identify and dismantle structural racism and improve the social, economic and ecological conditions that contribute to health disparities amidst the lingering challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


During two noontime sessions, speakers will provide real-life examples of efforts to advance anti-racism and improve health in diverse groups. They will also share lessons learned about how to achieve these goals with practical relevance for health care providers, public health practitioners and community-based organizations. 


Day 1: Wednesday, November 3,  12:00pm – 1:30pm PST

This session will feature a keynote address from Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, Deputy Director, Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health titled "Love in the Time of Coronavirus: Advancing Anti-Racism and Equity in California". Dr. Radhakrishna will focus on his vision for health equity in California, the syndemic of racism, social inequity, and climate change, and cross-sector movement building for narrative change and power redistribution.


To view Dr. Radhakrishna's presentation, click here. Resources include:


To view the recording of Day 1, click here.


Day 2: Thursday, November 4,  12:00pm – 1:30pm PST

Featured speakers will discuss the strategies and challenges related to advancing anti-racism and health equity, including examples of their own work during the pandemic, and how organizations can address the root causes of racism in health care and beyond.


  • Arleen Brown, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UCLA DGSOM - to view Dr. Brown's presentation, click here

  • Yohualli Anaya, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA DGSOM - to view Dr. Anaya's presentation, click here.

  • Ray Cheung, MBA, Founder and Executive Director of SmartAir LA - to view Mr. Cheung's presentation, click here


To view the recording of Day 2, click here.