Online Program

APHA’s Role in a National Campaign Against Racism

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
APHA will join with other national organizations within and outside the health sector to launch a National Campaign Against Racism, starting today.  Racism is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks (which is what we call “race”), that unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources.  This session will invite, inspire, and equip APHA components, affiliates, and individual members to join in a national effort to name racism, ask “How is racism operating here?”, and organize and strategize to act.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Define racism as a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on “race”. Discuss the relationship of the United States government to the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination. Describe the proposed contributions of APHA Sections and APHA Affiliates to a National Campaign Against Racism.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a family physician and social epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. I developed and taught a course on “Race” and Racism as an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (1994-2000); led the development of the “Reactions to Race” module and organized the CDC Racism and Health Workgroup at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000-2014.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.