CHEUSE: 400 Years — Robert E. Fullilove, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Robert E. Fullilove, Associate Dean for Community & Minority Affairs and Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Fullilove, who is also an adjunct Teachers College faculty member, speaks on “400 Years of Inequality Since Jamestown of 1619: Toward a Public Health Agenda to Rectify Health and Social Inequities.” In a piece he co-authored in January in the American Journal of Public Health, Fullilove argues that “2019 represents a unique moment in U.S. history to reflect on the lessons of the past and to commit to envisioning the next period in the nation’s evolution free of the inequality burdens forged in past years.” He and his coauthors call for “envisioning 1619 to 2019 as 400 years of inequality, not simply the consequences of slavery for African Americans,” and argue that “promoting a public health agenda that begins with a national, public acknowledgment of 400 years of inequality in October 2019 is an essential first step.”

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