Racism is a public health crisis. The Department of Public Health recognizes and is committed to responding to the devastating harms that racism, injustice, discrimination, colonialism, and police violence have on the safety and health of Black Americans and other communities of color. Social determinants of health, including racism-propelled adverse socioeconomic conditions, are key drivers of health disparities. The disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on Black and Latinx communities is just the latest example of how structural and systemic racism leads to devastating health outcomes.
Health is a fundamental human right for all people. Our department commits to upholding this right, applying rigorous science and designing evidence-based solutions to dismantle oppressive policies and systems that lead to racial disparities in health, and training future generations of diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist Public Health leaders.
Black Lives Matter – A statement from HHS Dean Marion Underwood
“Racism is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks (which is what we call “race”), that unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources.” — APHA Past-President Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
September 15, 2020 – 7pm EST – Public Health Seminar Series: “COVID-19 and Health Disparities Impacting the Black Community” – Register here for the webinar
October 14, 2020 – 7pm EST – Public Health Seminar Series: “Reproductive Health Care Inequities Impacting the Black Community” – TBA
November 16, 2020 – 7pm EST – Public Health Seminar Series: “Healthcare Inewuities in the Black LGBTQ Community” – TBA
More events to follow – for all of the Department of Public Health’s events please visit our Events page.
- “So you want to talk about race?” Ijeoma Oluo.
- “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.” Banaji, Mahzarin R., and Anthony G. Greenwald. Bantam, 2016.
- “Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America.” Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006.
- “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul.” Glaude Jr, Eddie S. Broadway Books, 2016.
- “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.” Reynolds, Jason & Kendi, Ibram X. 2020.
- “Stamped from the beginning: The definitive history of racist ideas in America.” Kendi, Ibram X. Random House, 2017.
- “How to Be an Antiracist.” Kendi, Ibram X. One world, 2019.
- “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.” Khan-Cullors, Patrisse. St. Martin’s Press, 2018.
- “This Land.” Crooked Media and Cadence 13. Nagle, Rebecca. 2019. PodCast Stream.
- “The Grace of Silence.” Vintage, 2011. Norris, Michele.
- “Latinos facing racism: Discrimination, resistance, and endurance.” Routledge. Feagin, J. R., & Cobas, J. A. (2015).
- “Race Talk.” Wing Sue, Derald. Wiley. 2016.