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WEBINAR - Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities

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

Across this country, more than 50 million students will attend public elementary and high schools this fall. Yet only two-thirds of African American and fewer than three-quarters of Latino students will graduate on time. Also, more than half of all students attending public school live in poverty. 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. 

APHA Past President Adewale Troutman will lead this timely discussion on the significance of high school graduation to health disparities. And Robert Murphy, former teacher, assistant principal and dropout prevention specialist, will explore how current policies and practices in educational systems disproportionately impact students of color and ultimately contribute to disproportionate dropout rates.  APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will speak about residential segregation, the educational achievement gap and action steps related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Join public health leaders as they examine their role in providing the leadership to improve high school graduation rates. 

About the Presenters

Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, CPH, identifies himself through his commitment to social justice, human rights, community activism, health equity and national and global health. Dr. Troutman has over 40 years of dedication through action to the principles of universal freedoms and the elimination of racism, injustice and oppression. His unique educational background has been a major factor in this quest. Dr. Troutman has an MD from New Jersey Medical School, a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, Masters in Black Studies from the State University of New York in Albany, and certification from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. His career has included clinical emergency medicine, hospital administration, academic and public health practice. He served as an Associate Professor in the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences while directing the Metro Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Robert Murphy led Maryland’s discipline reform efforts, dropout prevention, and alternative programs efforts at the Maryland State Department of Education including developing the model for disproportionality. He served on the Council of State Government School Discipline Consensus Project workgroup and continues working with CSG around student discipline issues.  He consults with schools, and school systems, community organizations, and professional organizations nationally and internationally. Robert is a Board member for the National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC), Maryland Public Television (MPT) American Graduate Champion and was named by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to Juvenile Justice Education Program Coordinating Council.

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, is Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.  She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). As a methodologist, she has developed new methods for comparing full distributions of data, rather than simply comparing means or proportions, in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions. As a social epidemiologist, her work on "race"-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences. Dr. Jones is also the President-elect of APHA.

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