When White America Gets Pneumonia, COVID-19, and Structural Racism

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM



Don’t miss our keynote lecture for Black History Month, presented by Dr. Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, a national leader in community health and career activist for social justice in healthcare. The discussion will be moderated by Kimberly McGill, MD, OBGYN, Smith College Class of 2001.


Dr. Murray will examine the historical experience of American medicine with the concept of race, demonstrating how structural racism has resulted in significant gaps in mortality based on race and ethnicity. She will further examine the role structural racism has played in the differential impact of Covid-19 on people of color. Dr. Murray will consider also to what extent responses to the pandemic have decreased the impact of racism.


Dr. McGill, who practices obstetrics in Raleigh, NC and was recently highlighted in an article in the Smith Quarterly (Jan. 2021) on alumnae responses to the pandemic, will discuss her experience related to similar issues for women of color in the fields of obstetrics, maternal and fetal health.


Recognizing the critical importance of this topic, the program will be presented free-of-charge for all participants. In recognition of Black History Month and in honor of our keynote speaker Dr. Linda Rae Murray, the club has made a donation in her name to the Smith College Emergency Fund for Students of Color.


About Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Murray has worked for almost half a century on increasing social justice in healthcare. She is a national leader in community health, environmental and occupational health, and public health. She is a Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and a former (now retired) Chief Medical Officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health.


Murray earned her B.S. degree in mathematics in 1973 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MD at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1977 and a Master in Public Health at the University of Illinois School of Public Health in 1980. She later continued her education in the doctoral program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.


A more extensive biography, including positions she has held in medical practice, teaching and administration, public health administration and advocacy may be found at https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/dr-linda-rae-murray-40.


For deeper insights into Dr. Murray’s thinking, check out her recent article “Juneteenth” https://www.hmprg.org/blog/juneteenth-2020-dr-linda-rae-murray/


Website: https://www.apha.org/


About Kimberly McGill, MD


Kimberly McGill, Smith College Class of ’01, has been an OBGYN since 2007. She graduated from Case Western Medical School and did residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown Pennsylvania. Originally from Alabama, she was excited to move back to the South, and has been in North Carolina at Associates in Women’s Healthcare since 2014. Her daily focus with patients is ensuring their understanding of, and advocating for, their health. Website:  https://www.associatesinwomenshealthcare.net/


Topic: When White America Gets Pneumonia, Covid-19 and Structural Racism

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM (EST)

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Limit: 100 participants

Cost: Free to Members and Non-Members

You must be registered before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 16 to join the event.

The Zoom link and password details will be shared by 5:00 PM on the day prior to the event and again, a few hours before the event start.