Applying Lessons from Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional
In 2019, the American Public Health Association (APHA) Press published Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional. This was the first time APHA, the flagship professional society for the field of public health, produced a book dedicated to the topic of racism. Racism seeks to equip public health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to begin to treat racism as a threat to the health of the public. In this presentation, Dr. Chandra Ford, who co-edited Racism with Derek Griffith, Marino Bruce and Keon Gilbert, discussed the impetus behind the book, its relevance for people working in academic settings, and specific actions that faculty, staff and students within schools and programs of public health can take. The presentation closed with Dr. Ford posing a series of questions to the audience intended to provoke discussion and inform the development of anti-racism interventions that begin “at home.”
Organized by the School of Public Health Task Force on Racial Equity and Inclusion.
Dr. Chandra Ford is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and founding director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining UCLA, she completed postdoctoral training in Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg Health Scholar. Overall, Dr. Ford’s research: (1) examines relationships between racism-related factors and disparities in the HIV care continuum; and, (2) advances the conceptual and methodological tools for studying racism’s relationship to health disparities. Learn more about Dr. Ford.