Communicating and Investing in Health Equity in Turbulent Times

Friday, June 21, 2024


Invitation Only

Leaders from the Aspen Global Innovators Group, in partnership with the Institute for Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Equity at George Washington University, will host a private roundtable highlighting efforts to address equity at a time when conversations around it are under attack both globally and domestically. This March, Florida officials announced the elimination of 15 faculty and administration positions that focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). More than 30 states in the U.S. are taking steps to halt the advance of DEI by introducing at least 100 bills aimed at restricting DEI initiatives on college campuses. The Supreme Court ruling restricting race-conscious college admissions has chilled DEI efforts across all sectors. Despite these setbacks, organizations across sectors are developing and promoting research, policy, and practice centered on DEI. 

This roundtable gathered up to 25 leaders from across sectors to foster policy dialogue within health globally and engage in a systems-focused conversation about equity, the language we use to discuss these problems, and community solutions to present problems.


  • Dr. Wendy Ellis,  DrPH, Dir. Institute for Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Equity and Founding Director of the Center for Community Resilience
  • Celine Gounder, Editor-at-Large for Public Health, KFF Health News; Medical Contributor, CBS News