The intersection of Black Lives Matter and public health

Check out the video by Mehroz Baig from the Center for Learning and Innovation, Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health to hear how Bay Area social justice and public health experts think we can move this conversation forward.

“Diseases don’t discriminate. Diseases also don’t operate in a vacuum. Public health professionals have seen disparities in health outcomes along racial and ethnic lines for decades. Data point to disparities in life expectancy, rates of new HIV diagnoses, rates of viral suppression for those who are HIV positive, rates of emergency room visits due to asthma or heart disease, among others. With the Black Lives Matter movement elevating the discussion on disparities to a national dialogue, we asked public health professionals how they can use that momentum to inform their work. Public health and social justice professionals talked about how different sectors, such as the economy, transportation, housing, and food can work together and use the national conversation on disparities to address health outcomes.”

Featuring:

  • Jessica Brown, Manager of Training and Workforce Development, Center for Learning and Innovation, Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Muntu Davis, Health Officer and Public Health Director, Alameda County Health Department
  • Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
  • Melissa Jones, Executive Director, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
  • Krystal Robinson Justice, Special Projects Coordinator, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
  • Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • Veronica Shepard, Collective Impact Coordinator, Black/African-American Health Initiative, Population Health Division, San Francisco Department of Public Health

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