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American Public Health Association LogoHPDP will join the leadership of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in a summer webinar series discussing the impact of racism on public health and disparities.

During the first webinar, held on July 21st, APHA’s director, president and president-elect discussed some of the nation’s most prominent health inequities. APHA President Shiriki Kumanyika identified racism as one of the most challenging tools of social stratification we face when trying to improve the health of the public. She also reflected on the evidence and research needs related to how racism limits our ability to make America the healthiest nation. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones told the Gardener’s Tale and presented a framework for understanding racism on three levels. This framework proved useful for understanding the basis for race-associated differences in health, designing effective interventions to eliminate those differences and engaging in a national conversation. Listen to the recorded webinar here.

Three more webinars will be held this summer. See the schedule below:

Webinar #2 | No Safety, No Health: A Conversation About Race, Place and Preventing Violence
August 4, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT

Webinar #3 | Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care
August 18, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT

Webinar #4 | Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities
September 1, 2015, 2 p.m. EDT

Coinciding with the theme of this summer’s webinar series, HPDP will be facilitating a group discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Tuesday August 11 at 12 p.m. in Conference Room 236.

Copies of the book are available at the Bull’s Head at a price that rivals Amazon’s discount. Bull’s Head will deliver to your office if you want to avoid the treck to campus. HPDP has also purchased several copies (plus an audio version) and has set up a lending library to make the book readily available. See Anne Cole to check out a copy.

HPDP strives to promote healthy dialogue that explores issues surrounding diversity. Since many of our research studies work with underserved populations, we believe it is important for us to understand issues that affect our study participants.

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