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Racial Equity in Public Policy

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What is Systemic Racism?, An 8-part video series (1 minute each) shows how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society: wealth gap, employment, housing discrimination, government surveillance, incarceration, drug arrests, immigration arrests, infant mortality. Featuring Jay Smooth, produced by Kat Lazo.

The 1619 Project is a Pulitzer prize winning series from The New York Times Magazine (2019) produced to bring awareness to the beginning of American slavery. It reframes the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of our national narrative with topics including capitalism, health care, traffic, democracy, medical inequality, sugar, mass incarceration, wealth gap and teaching about our history, a 400 year literary timeline and The 1619 Podcast for ongoing discussion.

Code Switch, NPR podcast hosted by journalists Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby, tackling the subject of race head-on, exploring how it impacts every part of society, from politics and pop culture to history and sports.

The Urgent Fight for Health Equity with Dr. Yolandra Hancock (2021), a pediatrician and obesity specialist, this 12-minute talk at TEDxFogg brings to light the racial inequities in the nation’s healthcare and law enforcement systems, and injustices exacerbated by a pandemic which, “has revealed the ugliness within this country that has existed since its inception.” As founder of Delta Health & Wellness Consulting, she works with Green Scheme, DC Greens and the American Heart Association, to advocate for public health reform, education and fighting pediatric health disparities.

Allegories on Race and Racism with Dr. Camara Jones at TEDxEmory (2014), a family physician and epidemiologist, focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. This 20-minute talk illustrates the different levels of racism (internalized, interpersonal, system, structure) and how each is able to manifest. 

How You Can Be an Ally in the Fight for Racial Justice, TED Ideas (2018), short article with 25-minute video by Deray Mckesson, a civil rights activist and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, shares eight ways to be an ally.

Structural Racism and Community Building from the Aspen Institute (2004) in 56 pages explores how race shapes the social, political, economic, and cultural institutions of our society, and how those dynamics produce significant and ongoing racial disparities in the well-being of children, families, and communities. The publication also has an applied dimension that describes how to incorporate racial equity into social and economic development work.

Advancing Racial Equity from the American Public Health Association (2021) is a 6-part webinar series with discussion guide takes an in-depth look at racism as a driving force of the social determinants of health and equity in the United States. The series explores efforts to address systems, policies and practices designed to limit and shape opportunities for people of color. The presenters highlight collective and individual actions we can take to advance racial equity and justice. The series focuses on reproductive justice, policing, racial healing, housing and environmental justice.



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