The impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation - Minnesota Dept. of Health

The impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation

American Public Health Association

The impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation helps viewers understand race-related health disparities, plan interventions, and engage in a national conversation about race and health.

This four-part webinar series uses data, examples, and analogies to help viewers understand race-related health disparities. It offers recommendations for planning effective interventions, and invites participants to engage in a national conversation about race and health. Each webinar is one hour in length.

  1. Naming and addressing racism: A primer: Shiriki Kumanyika provides information on the ways that racism is one of the most challenging tools of social stratification faced when trying to improve the health of the public. In addition, Camara Jones tells the Gardener's Tale and then uses the Cliff Analogy to present a framework for understanding racism. 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.
  2. No safety, no health: A conversation about race, place, and preventing violence: Community violence is a preventable public health issue that is shaped by many factors, including racism. Violence impacts our overall health and well-being and prevents communities from realizing their full potential. Linda Degutis and Howard Pinderhughes discuss race, place, and preventing violence; explore the role of public health in preventing this epidemic; discuss and the value of engaging many sectors in the solution.
  3. Unequal treatment: Disparities in access, quality, and care: The Affordable Care Act has led to expansions in health insurance coverage, but racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to have unequal access, receive poorer quality care, and have worse health outcomes. Linda Rae Murray, Brian Smedley, and Michelle van Ryn discuss the levels of racism within the health care system, unconscious bias in health care, and what's being done to address those inequities to improve the public's health.
  4. Racism: The silent partner in high school dropout and health disparities: Barriers to high school graduation are a key public health concern, because high school graduation is a leading indicator of healthy adult behaviors and health status. Adewale Troutman describes the significance of high school graduation to health disparities. Robert Murphy examines how current policies and practices in educational systems disproportionately impact students of color. Finally, Camara Jones speaks about residential segregation, the educational achievement gap, and action steps related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.


When to use

These webinars could be used to develop a shared understanding of the impact of race and racism on health or to support a Health in All Policies approach to health equity. They could be viewed individually or as part of a group discussion.


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