The Impact of Racism on the Health and
Well-Being of the Nation
The recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today.* Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities.
About the Webinar
The Affordable Care Act has led to expansions in health insurance coverage. But racial and ethnic minorities still are more likely to have unequal access, receive poorer quality care and have worse health outcomes. These health disparities threaten our nation’s health.
Join APHA Past President and social justice advocate Linda Rae Murray, Brian Smedley, co-founder and executive director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity and Michelle van Ryn, director of the Research Program on Equity and Quality in Healthcare Encounters for a timely discussion. They’ll talk about how the levels of racism play out 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.
Dr. Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, FACP, has spent her career serving the medically underserved. She has worked in a variety of settings including practicing Occupational Medicine at a Workers Clinic in Canada, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, and Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health. In 1997, Dr. Murray returned to the Cook County Health System where she served as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Murray has worked in leadership roles in many public health organizations including NACCHO’s Health Equity and Social Justice Team, and as President of APHA in 2011. Today she continues to practice as a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals and serves on the Urban Health Program Community Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois.
Brian Smedley, PhD, Brian D. Smedley is Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity. From 2008 to 2014, Dr. Smedley was Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a research and policy organization focused on addressing the needs of communities of color. Formerly, Dr. Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research and policy organization, The Opportunity Agenda, and was a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where he served as Study Director for several IOM reports on health disparities.
Michelle van Ryn's, PhD, LMFT, MPH, research focus is primarily on the equity and quality of health care encounters and outcomes for patients and families, with emphasis on provider-patient encounters, disparities in health care, and the impact of unconscious or implicit bias on social interaction processes and clinical decision-making. Her research program also focuses on the way experiences of discrimination, stigma and stereotype threat affect both patients and health care providers. She is the Principal Investigator of an on-going national longitudinal study examining the way training and organizational factors influence physician trainee implicit biases and other characteristics associated with provision of disparate care (The CHANGES Study). Her work has improved the national awareness and understanding of how providers unintentionally contribute to disparities in patient care.