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Hello all! On behalf of the moderators, I’d like to thank everyone in advance, especially our experts, for engaging in what we hope will be a rich and fruitful discussion in the coming days.

On this first day as we address health disparities in medicine, I believe a great place for us to start is by exploring the question of "Why?" The link between health disparities and systemic racism has been exposed and publicized for many years. I think back, for instance, to Linda Villarosa's prominent 2018 NYT cover story shining a light on the plight of black mothers and babies in the US ( As shocking and widespread as this information was, we are yet hard pressed to observe swift, concerted, national effort to resolve the issue. Why do we continue to see stark divides in the realization of optimal health across racial groups despite unequivocal evidence to the fact?