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Pandemics, Policing, and Protest: On Racism and Health and Where We Go From Here


Rhea Boyd MD, MPH
Pediatrician, Public Health Advocate, and Scholar 




To learn concrete ways racism impacts health To contextualize the racial disparities emerging during the US COVID19 pandemic and the racial disparities evidenced by disproportionate police violence, within the broader history of racism in the US To articulate why protest is a profound public health intervention



Rhea Boyd MD, MPH is a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who writes and teaches on the relationship between structural racism, inequity and health. She has a particular focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211, working with navigators to address social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. And she is the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children's Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access to children and youth across California.


Dr. Boyd graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. She earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, earning an M.P.H.


The purpose of Surgery Grand Rounds is to provide surgeons, residents and other attendees with up-to-date knowledge of surgical issues encountered in academic practice. By promoting awareness of current advances in surgery, it is expected that patient care will improve and mortality and morbidity will be reduced. For the 2020-2021 Department of Surgery Grand Rounds Schedule, visit and look under the “Education & Training” tab.

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  CME Course #21045

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 43 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*The above credit is inclusive of credit for all Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Department of Surgery Grand Rounds.

Disclosure declaration – No one in a position to control the content of this activity has a relationship with an ACCME-defined commercial interest. Planners Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, Wen Shen, MD, and Ryutaro Hirose, MD, have stated that they have no relationships to disclose. Speaker Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, has stated that they have no financial relationships to disclose.

This activity is supported by the Department of Surgery’s Howard Naffziger Endowment Fund.

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