Civic Rx, the podcast, is an effort to inspire more reflection and conversation about how we can build a healthier and more just society. Born of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also an attempt to help all of us make sense of the million different ways our world has since shifted — and to do so in partnership and dialogue with people whose work and ideas are shaping our collective understanding of and response to these changes.
Civic Rx is hosted by Dr. Sejal Hathi, a physician, public health advocate, and serial entrepreneur, who has dedicated her career to serving vulnerable communities in the United States and globally — with a special attention to women and girls. Presently, Sejal serves as a primary care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Over the last decade, Sejal has founded and led two social enterprises advancing women’s rights and agency — over time, across 6 continents and 100 countries. She helped build and now serves on the national board of progressive political organization, Arena, which convenes, trains, and supports the next generation of candidates and campaign staff. And she serves on the national boards of public policy organization, inseparable, which advocates for affordable, high-quality mental health care for all Americans; as well as community organization, Indiaspora, which unites and mobilizes the Indian-American diaspora to engage in philanthropy and social change. Previously, Sejal advised Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign on its domestic health policy agenda. And in 2015, she completed her term as 1 of 9 members of the United Nations's Independent Expert Review Group, at the time the only independent accountability mechanism — appointed by and reporting directly to the WHO Director-General & UN Secretary-General — on evaluating global women's, children's, and adolescent girls' health.
Sejal received her M.D. and M.B.A. from Stanford, where she studied as a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow and a Harry S. Truman Scholar; and her B.S. with honors from Yale, where she served also as a Global Health Fellow. She has delivered addresses at TEDWomen, TEDxTeen, the Forbes's Women's Summit, the UNICEF International Day of the Girl Child conference, the Women in the World Summit, the United Nations's General Assembly, the World Health Assembly, and the Girl Scouts' centennial Girls' World Forum, among other settings. And she's been named to the Forbes 30 under 30, Newsweek's "150 Women Who Shake the World," Glamour's Amazing Young Women of the Year, Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Academy of Achievement delegates, and United States Presidential Scholars for her work.