Racism as a Public Health Issue

Our Community Health Needs Assessments¬† document racial disparities in health outcomes, health risk factors, healthcare access and utilization and many of the social determinants of health. The term ‘disparities’ describes the fact that there are differences – for example, more white people than people of color feel that their neighborhood is safe to walk at night, and more people of color than white people report being unemployed but wanting to work. But when we dig into the way these difference exist we find systemic barriers – policies, practices, and historical injustices that result in these differences. Because these differences are unjust and preventable, they are inequities – and they can be changed through action.

Our Health Improvement Collaborative is committed to focusing attention on the role racism plays in creating these inequities and that only by explicitly addressing racism as a public health issue can we create community conditions where everyone can thrive.

2021 Series on Racism as a Public Health Issue

We invite you to join us (via Zoom) at 7pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month to learn more about structural racism, the social determinants of health, and action we can all take to create healthier communities. Can’t join us for the live event? The recordings will be posted here for viewing as your schedule allows!

February 2021 – an Overview of Racism as a Public Health Issue Part One and Part Two

March 2021 – Racism and the Social Determinants of Health – Social Determinant Focus: Education

April 2021 – Racism and the Social Determinants of Health – Social Determinant Focus: Housing

June 16 2021 – Racism and the Social Determinants of Health – Social Determinant Focus: Healthcare

June 30 2021 – Racism and the Social Determinants of Health – Social Determinant Focus: Food

Health Improvement Collaborative Capacity Building Meetings

April 2021 – Maternal and Child Health

May 2021 – Shared Language

June 2021 – Place Matters: Racism in Housing and Health