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Operationalizing Health Equity Through Research: David Mechanic Keynote Lecture

November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research is hosting the David Mechanic Keynote Lecture at 12 p.m. on Thursday, November 18.

Oxiris Barbot will present “Operationalizing Health Equity Through Research.” Barbot is a pediatrician and the former commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Currently, she is a senior fellow for public health and social justice at the JPB Foundation and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

With more than 25 years’ experience in public health and health care delivery, Barbot has dedicated her career to achieving health equity. When she was commissioner of health for New York City, she led the nation’s premier health department in centering an equity agenda on communities, bridging public health and health care delivery, and leveraging data for action and policy. She successfully navigated the city’s responses to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and also New York City’s largest measles outbreak in 30 years.

An innovative public health leader, Barbot has championed addressing health inequities in major cities along the East Coast. From 2003 to 2010, she served as medical director of New York City’s public schools, and in 2010, she was appointed commissioner of health for the City of Baltimore. During her tenure in Baltimore, she led the development of Healthy Baltimore 2015, a robust health agenda dedicated to ensuring that all Baltimore residents realize their full health potential. Under her leadership, the city achieved a record reduction in the rate of infant death, among many achievements in health.

Barbot holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her pediatric residency at George Washington University’s Children’s National Medical Center.

Online via Zoom

Free and open to the public. Click here to join via Zoom (meeting ID: 951 8141 4494; passcode: 636653). For more information, contact Natalie Tuseth, Institute for Health, at 848-932-8413 or


November 18, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Online via Zoom


Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research
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