On February 22, 2020, the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Brookline Health and Human Services Department, and the Harvard School of Public Health are co-sponsoring a special forum to provide historical context through the life of Dr. W. A.  Hinton, the first African American professor at Harvard University. The aim of the forum is to illustrate the complexity of racism, laboratory science, and medical innovation as they unfold in the life and public service of a Boston resident.

Angel Rodriguez, a Takemi​ ​Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will deliver a public lecture on the legacy of William A. Hinton’s career as Director of Laboratories for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health  (MassDPH).  The lecture by Angel Rodriguez will prompt the second activity for the event. We will encourage the attending audience to collaborate with each other and map everyday examples of public health awareness in their neighborhoods to activate collective action at the community level. By organizing clusters with the attending audience and supplying them with creative supplies (pens/markers/paper), we will source unavailable data to track the public concerns and directly engage these concerns with local civic leaders. In addition, we will trace the role that racism and social exclusion continue to affect our shared attitudes and beliefs, and health outcomes at the local level.

Please join us at the second in a series of forums; “Race and Health in Historic Perspective” on Saturday, February 22nd from 1 to 4 pm at the Coolidge Corner Library.  This event is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Caitlin Starr, MPH at cstarr@brooklinema.gov or at 617-730-2345.

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.