With more than 200 jurisdictions declaring racism a public health issue, public health practitioners, and our partners across the health system are being called to critically examine our language, policies, and practices to understand how they support or hinder racial health equity. The reality is that our public health system is staffed by human beings – individuals who are the subject of various social constructs and beliefs. Racism, bias, and discrimination are as much a part of public health practitioners as they are a part of the general population. But public health practitioners are in positions where our bias has the power to exert influence on other individuals’ experiences and outcomes in ways that can be profound and long-lasting.
Session 5 will feature DEI certified leaders in public health law and policy and will explore how we got here and practical ways to approach 21st century public health practice thorugh an anti-racist lens. At the heart of this program will be an overview of the relevance and impact of the recent declaration of racism as a public health issue and a discussion of practical frameworks and strategies public health practitioners can use to apply a racial health equity lens to everyday public health practice.