May 25, 2021

Headshots of Dr. Murthy (R) and Dr. Dzau (R)

On May 27 at 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET, the NIH chapter of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the inaugural presentation of the Vivek H. Murthy Distinguished Lecture Series for Public Health Leadership. “A Virtual Conversation with Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy and National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau: Addressing the COVID-19 Health Disparities, the Root Causes, Mental Health Impacts, Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities,” co-sponsored by the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and other organizations, is part of NIH’s observation of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

This lecture series honors Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., the 19th and 21st Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Murthy and Victor J. Dzau, M.D., National Academy of Medicine (NAM) President,  former Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University, internationally renowned cardiologist, and global health expert, will discuss how public health leadership has shaped the COVID-19 pandemic response and efforts to address health disparities. The presenters will focus on potential root causes of health disparities, the mental health impact of the pandemic across diverse populations and geographic locations, lessons learned, and future opportunities. 

More information can be found here.