From Fear to Focus: Race in America and the Urgency of Now


Focus for Health was a proud sponsor of The NYU Reynolds Program’s 11th Annual Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Speaker Series, “From Fear to Focus: Race in America and the Urgency of Now” on February 15, 2017.

The esteemed panel included: Van Jones (CNN Contributor; Author; President & Co-Founder, Dream Corps), Trabian Shorters (Founder & CEO, BMe Community), Aunjanue Ellis (Co-Founder, Take It Down America; Actress & Activist; President & CEO, Miss Myrtis Films), and Anurag Gupta (Founder & CEO, Be More America)

The discussion was moderated by The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis (Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church) and featured a performance by Genesis Be (Rapper & Activist; Founder, Strive Till I Rise youth initiative) and Ebonie Smith (Audio Engineer and Studio Coordinator, Atlantic Records; Founder/President, Gender Amplified, Inc.)


  • About the event (from NYU Reynolds):
  • The construct of race continues to have a defining impact on the idea of America. From her heritage of slavery and the genocide of her native peoples, through the slow and hopefully continuing arc that bends towards greater justice, America has yet to honestly come to terms with herself. The recent attention on longstanding biases in policing and the new administration’s oppressive worldview beg Dr. King’s warning, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Join us for a candid conversation from some of the most cutting edge thinkers working tirelessly to help build a stronger and more truly United States of America.


Our mission aligns us with efforts to uncover and combat biases that prevent individuals from accessing health services and receiving the information necessary to make optimal health decisions for themselves and their families. Racism and social inequities absolutely have a direct effect on health. Examples of this include lack of access to healthcare and healthy foods in poorer neighborhoods. Anything standing in the way of good health is an injustice. The time is NOW for honest conversation about the ways racism impacts health.

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