Reflection to Action - we respond to "Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition


On Tuesday, June 23, the Center for Health Equity and Office of Health Sciences Diversity hosted a discussion and reflection to action and engagement in response to the American Public Health Association’s June 9 webinar, “Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition” which examined racism and its historic and present-day impact on health and well-being. BCHS' Noble Maseru gave an overview of the APHA presentation and invited panelists to give their insight and experience to help shine a spotlight on the intersection of men’s health and racism in honor of National Men’s Health Month and current events in our nation.


KEON GILBERT (BCHS ‘08) is associate professor and co-director, Institute for Healing and Justice, Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice. Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education. University Faculty Senate Secretary

DEREK M. GRIFFITH is professor of medicine, health, and society and founder, director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt University. Trained in psychology and public health, Griffith has collaborated with colleagues in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S. to promote the health and well-being of African American and Latino men, to address institutional racism in public health departments and systems, and to pursue health equity. 

Gilbert and Griffith are co-authors of the APHA book Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional. Griffith also recently contributed to Men's Health Equity: A Handbook. 

OLIVIA “LIV” BENNETT is an Allegheny County councilwoman in District 13 and an MPPM candidate in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs ('21). Bennett has spent several years fighting for justice in Allegheny County, advocating for sensible gun control, police accountability, and anti-racist policies. 

Paula K. Davis, assistant vice chancellor for diversity
Noble Maseru, director, Center for Health Equity


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