Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What is the Impact of Racism on Health and Well-Being?

The recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today. Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation.

Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities. Register now for the first webinar in the series, Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer on July 21, 2015, at 12 noon, MT. 

This kick-off webinar featuring APHA’s executive director, president and president-elect will take a look at some of the nation’s leading health inequities. APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika will discuss how racism is one of the most challenging tools of social stratification we face when trying to improve the health of the public. She also will reflect on the evidence and research needs related to how racism limits our ability to make America the healthiest nation. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will tell the Gardener's Tale and present a framework for understanding racism on three levels. This framework is useful for understanding the basis for race-associated differences in health, designing effective interventions to eliminate those differences and engaging in a national conversation.

Upcoming webinars in this series:
Community Violence Well-Being
August 4, 2015, 12 noon MT

Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care
August 18, 2015, 12 noon MT

Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities
September 1, 2015, 12 p.m. MT

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