Caste Author Isabel Wilkerson to Keynote National Forum, “Righting the Wrongs: Tackling Health Inequities.”

The Hastings Center and the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Health Justice Announce Two-Day Summit on Health Equity.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 — The Hastings Center, a global ethics leader, together with the Association of American Medical Colleges Center for Health Justice announce that Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, will keynote a two-day summit on health equity on Wednesday, January 19, and Thursday, January 20, 2022. 

Day 1 will focus on historical events and decisions that have led to major inequities in health today, including Jim Crow laws, residential segregation, and other social, political, and economic determinants of poor health outcomes.  It will be designed for the general public, including concerned citizens as well as health professionals, bioethics scholars, and policymakers. 

Day 2 will offer insights and examples of promising strategies that health care leaders and practicing clinicians can employ to address health and health care inequities through policy, clinical care, medical education, research, and community collaborations.

The virtual event will be livestreamed starting at 10 a.m. ET each day of the two-day summit.

Additional speakers and partners will be announced soon, along with information to register for the event.

About The Hastings Center

The Hastings Center is a global leader in ethics research, and as an independent organization, it pursues society’s most controversial ethical issues at the intersection of health, science, and technology. Hastings research scholars explore pressing, timely issues related to two broad themes: just and compassionate care for people of all ages and wise use of emerging technologies. We are experts at advancing collaborative scholarship that blends ethical analysis with public impact. Hastings offers a trusted nonpartisan platform for stakeholders with diverse perspectives. We leverage these strengths to build forward-focused connections across deep divides, a true rarity in these politically contentious times.

About the AAMC and the AAMC Center for Health Justice

The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 186,000 full-time faculty members, 94,000 medical students, 145,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Additional information about the AAMC is available at

The goal of the AAMC Center for Health Justice, founded in 2021, is for all communities to have an opportunity to thrive — a goal that reaches well beyond medical care. Achieving health justice means addressing the common roots of injustices and implementing policies and practices that are explicitly oriented toward equity. The Center for Health Justice partners with public health and community-based organizations, government and health care entities, the private sector, community leaders, and community members to build a case for health justice through research, analysis, and expertise. For more information, visit 

For more information, please contact:

Susan Gilbert
The Hastings Center
845-424-4040 x244

John Buarotti
Association of American Medical Colleges