Complimentary Health Affairs Complimentary Racism & Health Virtual Symposium

  • Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Register here at no cost

WASHINGTON DC USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE™ -- JANUARY 28, 2022: You are invited to join Health Affairs on Tuesday, February 8, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT for a virtual symposium on the February 2022 issue of Health Affairs, "Racism & Health."

Racism is the reason for large, sustained health inequities in the United States. The February 2022 issue of Health Affairs, "Racism & Health," contains a comprehensive, scholarly look at the complex relationship between racism and health and provides new evidence, analysis, and narratives on the topic. It is our hope that the issue will make a lasting contribution to the field and enhance the national dialogue regarding the importance of policies to address structural racism.

On February 8, panels of distinguished authors and experts will present their work and engage in discussions on the historical context, evolving research practices and policies, and the lived experience of populations whose health has been 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.


Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo
Principal, TERSHA LLC and Senior Service Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington, DC

Richard E. Besser
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Paula Braveman
Professor, Family and Community Medicine, and Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California San Francisco, Systemic And Structural Racism: Definitions, Examples, Health Damages, And Approaches To Dismantling

Tyson H. Brown
Associate Professor of Sociology, Duke University

Caroline Brunton
Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Janette Dill
Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, on Structural Racism And Black Women’s Employment In The US Health Care Sector

Jan Marie Eberth
Associate Professor and Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, on The Problem Of The Color Line: Spatial Access To Hospital Services For Minoritized Racial/Ethnic Groups

Shekinah Fashaw-Walters
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, on Out Of Reach: Inequities In The Use Of High-Quality Home Health Agencies

Jose Figueroa
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Health Affairs Theme Issue Adviser, on Structural Racism In Historical And Modern US Health Care Policy

Rachel Hardeman
Associate Professor and Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota, Health Affairs Theme Issue Adviser, on Improving Measurement Of Structural Racism To Achieve Antiracist Health Policy

Patricia Homan
Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Public Health Program, Florida State University, on Sick And Tired Of Being Excluded: Structural Racism In Disenfranchisement As A Threat To Population Health Equity

Kevin Nguyen
Investigator, Department of Health Services, Policy, and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health, on Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Patient Experience Of Care Among Nonelderly Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees

Melanie Sabado-Liwag
Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, California State University-Los Angeles. California State University, Los Angeles, on Addressing The Interlocking Impact Of Colonialism And Racism On Filipinx-American Health Inequities

Teshia G. Arambula Solomon
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona, on The Generational Impact of Racism on Health: Voices from American Indian Communities Impact Of Colonialism And Racism On Filipinx-American Health Inequities

Richard Tate
Executive Vice President, California Wellness Foundation

Katherine Theall
Cecile Usdin Professorship in Women’s Health, and Director, Mary Amelia Center for Women's Health Equity Research, Tulane University, on Neighborhood Police Encounters, Health and Violence in a Southern City

Terri-Ann Thompson
Senior Research Scientist, Ibis Reproductive Health, on Racism Runs Through It: Examining The Sexual And Reproductive Health Experience Of Black Women In The South

Stella S. Yi
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, on The Mutually Reinforcing Cycle Of Poor Data Quality And Racialized Stereotypes That Shapes Asian American Health
Others, TBA

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Place: Online details will be shared with registrants 24 hours in advance of the event

Stay tuned for details of upcoming additional events that are in the works to coincide with the release of Health Affairs’ February 2022 issue on Racism & Health, including Journal Club with Michael Sun and co-authors from the University of Chicago, authors of "Negative Patient Descriptors: Documenting Racial Bias In The Electronic Health Record."

Health Affairs will also host a Policy Spotlight event later in February with Meena Seshamani, Deputy Administrator and Director, CMS.

For questions, contact

Health Affairs thanks Rachel Hardeman of the University of Minnesota and Jose Figueroa of Harvard University who served as theme issue advisers. We thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the New York State Health Foundation for their financial support of this issue.


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