Health Affairs Briefing: Virtual Symposium on Racism and Health


Racism is the reason for significant and enduring health inequalities in the United States. The February 2022 issue of Health Affairs, “Racism and Health,” contains a comprehensive, scientific overview of the complex relationship between racism and health and provides new evidence, analysis and narratives on the subject. We hope this issue will make a lasting contribution to the field and strengthen the national dialogue about the importance of policies to combat structural racism.

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 8, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT for a virtual symposium during which panels of distinguished authors and experts will present their work and engage in discussions on the historical context, the evolution of research practices and policies, and the lived experience of populations whose health has been put at risk. harmed by individual and structural racism. A highlight of the event will be the reading of “Identity”, an original poem by Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, which will be published in the issue.

Dated: TuesdayFebruary 8, 2022
Time: 2:12:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Place: Online details must be shared no later than 24 hours before the event

The guest speakers are:

Agnes AttakaiDirector, Health Disparities Outreach & Prevention Education, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine

Sharon Attipoe-DorcooDirector, TERSHA LLC and Senior Service Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Identity

Richard E. BesserPresident and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Paula BravemanProfessor, Family and Community Medicine, and Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California San Francisco, Systemic and structural racism: definitions, examples, damage to health and approaches to dismantling

Tyson H. BrownAssociate Professor of Sociology, Presidential Fellow and Director of the Center on Health & Society, Duke University

caroline brunonprogram officer, WK Kellogg Foundation

Janette DillAssociate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, The Structural Racism and the Employment of Black Women in the American Healthcare Industry

Jan Marie EberthAssociate Professor and Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, ON The Color Line Problem: Spatial Access to Hospital Services for Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups

Shekinah Fashaw-WaltersAssistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, The Out of Reach: Inequities in the Use of High-Quality Home Health Agencies

Jose FigueroaAssistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Advisor on Thematic Health Issues, The Structural Racism in Historical and Modern American Health Policy

Rachel HardmanAssociate Professor and Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, Advisor on Thematic Health Issues, the Improving the Measurement of Structural Racism to Achieve Anti-Racism Health Policy

Patricia HomannAssistant Professor and Associate Director, Public Health Program, Florida State University, The Sick and tired of being excluded: structural racism in disenfranchisement as a threat to population health equity

Kevin NguyenInvestigator, Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health, the Racial and ethnic disparities in patient care experience among non-elderly people enrolled in Medicaid managed care

Melanie Sabado-Liwag, assistant professor and director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, California State University-Los Angeles. California State University, Los Angeles, Addressing the Interrelated Impact of Colonialism and Racism on Health Inequalities Between the Philippines and the United States

Richard TateExecutive Vice President, California Wellness Foundation

Katherine TheallCecile Usdin Chair in Women’s Health and Director of the Mary Amelia Center for Women’s Health Equity Research, Tulane University, On Neighborhood police meetings, health and violence in a southern city

Terri-Ann Thompson, Principal Investigator, Ibis Reproductive Health, on Racism Cuts Through It: Examining Black Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Experience in the South

Stella S.YiAssociate Professor, Department of Population Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, The The mutually reinforcing cycle of poor data quality and racialized stereotypes that shapes the health of Asian Americans

Ruth Enid Zambrana, Distinguished University Professor, Harriet Tubman Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Marylandintellectual roots of current knowledge about racism and health: relevance for policy and national equity discourse

Others, to be determined


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