Museum of Science, Boston Partners with WGBH for Community Conversation on Inequities During COVID-19 Crisis

June 23, 2020

Panelists to Address Topics of Access to Healthcare, Food Insecurity During COVID-19

BOSTON, MA (June 23, 2020) — The Museum of Science, Boston announced today a town hall conversation on June 29 at 5:00pm with WGBH, convening experts to discuss inequalities as communities begin preparations for COVID-19 recovery. This panel conversation will cover concerns around food security and healthcare access, among other issues that arise in the hardest hit communities while living in COVID times.

 

As Massachusetts begins the work to recover from the economic and social disruption created by the COVID-19 crisis, it is crucial to reflect on the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic on communities with poor access to critical services. In particular, food insecurity and healthcare access must become focal points of successful, long-term recovery plans. As a result of the economic harm created by COVID, currently one in five individuals and one in eight children in Massachusetts are unable to secure three square meals a day. In addition, healthcare facilities remain overburdened and vulnerable individuals continue to struggle to gain access to testing and proper medical care.

 

As part of the Hunger to Health Collaboratory, the Museum of Science will convene a panel of experts, introduced by Museum of Science president, Tim Ritchie, to discuss COVID in our communities. WGBH’s host of Innovation Hub, Kara Miller, will moderate a discussion with Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, Dr. Holly Oh, Chief Medical Director at the Dimock Health Center, and Marty Martinez, Chief of the Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services for the city of Boston.

 

On March 8, the Museum of Science partnered with WGBH for an initial panel conversation on the COVID-19 crisis, one of the first of its kind in the area, discussing the science behind the outbreak, community resources, local and state resilience planning, and more. The upcoming event on June 29 is again one of the first of its kind to discuss the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 among communities with poor access to critical services.

 

The event on June 29 at 5pm will be hosted on Zoom, with registration available here.

 

About the Museum of Science, Boston

Among the world's largest science centers, and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science engages 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through interactive exhibits and programs. Nearly an additional 2 million people experience the Museum annually through touring exhibitions, traveling programs, planetarium productions and preK-8 EiE® STEM curricula through the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center.  Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at https://www.mos.org

 

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