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Drexel faculty and J&J executives co-host health equity event

By Shreeya Gounder, The Triangle | May 17, 2024

Former Stoneleigh Fellow Naomi Goldstein spoke about her efforts as the director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab at Drexel University to support health equity by improving policies in the youth justice system.

Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences recently instituted an annual series of Arts and Sciences Symposiums. The inaugural event, “Race to Health Equity,” brought together key leaders in Drexel’s fight for health equity in Philadelphia, and the global efforts of Johnson and Johnson (J&J). Eight speakers took the stage over a span of three hours Wednesday afternoon for a community health panel and keynote event. Speakers discussed a variety of issues including their individual efforts in the area of health equity and company-wide initiatives in the case of J&J. The event was a joint effort between the College of Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions and Dornsife School of Public Health.

The first segment was an hour-long faculty panel moderated by Dr. Veronica D. Carey and featuring Senior Associate Dean for the College of Medicine’s Office of Community Health Dr. Annette Gadegbeku, College of Arts and Sciences faculty Dr. Naomi Goldstein and College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty Monica Harmon and Judy Ensslin. The event focused primarily on the community health interventions conducted by each of the speakers to different degrees in a variety of fields.

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