Racism is a public health crisis

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On September 10th, 2020, Denison hosted a virtual conversation addressing COVID-19, Public Health, and the central Ohio Black community. The webinar, titled “Racism Is A Public Health Crisis” was sponsored by The Black Studies Program. Dr. Terrance Dean (Black Studies) coordinated the event featuring Denison panelist Dr. Fareeda Griffith (Director, Global Health and faculty member in Anthropology/Sociology), and Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, MD, MPH, Health Commissioner for Columbus Public Health.

The webinar tackled topics of: COVID-19 and its effects on the Black community, the impact of implicit biases in health care delivery, the historical and present implications of vaccinations and the Black community, differential health outcomes related to race, and trust between Black communities and health-care institutions as a historical concern. To combat systemic racism and its impact on health care, a prominent solution discussed as a recurring theme was the need to create an equity agenda that changes stereotypical narratives of Blackness. Examples of such stereotypes include things such as Black pain being perceived as invalid, or Black patients not being believed when they present their symptomatology). The ability to forge a health equity agenda is only activated when there is a willingness to work across differences. This willingness to come together across identities helps assure that Black populations will not merely survive, but will also thrive as they navigate Health care systems throughout the Diaspora.

Posted Date 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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