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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion News

A Conversation With Marcella Nunez-Smith, Co-Chair of Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is an associate professor of internal medicine, public health, and management at Yale University and one of the co-chairs of President-elect Joe Biden’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. Dr. Nunez-Smith has spent much of her career studying the effects of social and racial inequality on health outcomes, making her appointment to the committee a powerful signal that the incoming president seeks to address the disproportionate impact that this pandemic has had on communities of color. But, as Dr. Nunez-Smith outlines, it’s all but impossible to find an individual who has not, at this terrible point, been affected by COVID-19. Vogue spoke with her about her priorities, her plans, and how she maintains hope in these very dark times.

Source: Vogue
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