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2021 Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Poster Forum: Racial Inequalities

1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Please join the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health for the 2021 Public Health Poster Forum keynote event; Utibe Essien, MD, MPH will be presenting on “the Urgency of Now: Sustaining Antiracism in Academic Medicine”. 

The top six student poster presentations will immediately follow the keynote address. 

Dr. Essien will discuss the history of racism in medicine, examine the impact of racism on clinical care, research, and medical education, and identify strategies for academic medical centers to become antiracist. He is a board-certified internist and a core Investigator in the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion.

A fierce advocate for diversity and equity in medicine, Dr. Essien spoke nationally on the topic and co-hosted an “Antiracism in Medicine” series for the Clinical Problem Solvers medical education podcast. 

His work has been published in leading medical journals the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Essieni has been interviewed by local and national news media outlets including National Public Radio, the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and NBC News.  His leadership in advancing health equity led him to be named a "2019 National Minority Quality Forum 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health" awardee and he was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of “30 Leaders under 40 Transforming Healthcare.”

Utibe Essien, MD, MPH
Utibe Essien, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Department of Veteran’s Affairs Pittsburgh Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion

Utibe Essien, MD, MPH is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a general internist and health disparities researcher in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Dr. Essien completed his medical education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical school. After residency, he concurrently completed a general internal medicine fellowship at MGH and a Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Essien’s research focuses on racial and ethnic disparities in the use of novel therapeutics in the management of chronic diseases including atrial fibrillation. He has recently applied this research framework to the COVID-19 pandemic, rapidly becoming an expert in the health disparities that are disproportionately affecting minority communities with COVID-19. 


To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 1:00pm


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Amy Nematollahi
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health