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Virtual Population Health Spotlight Series ft. Dr. Hardeman

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Join the Dornsife School of Public Health for a virtual Population Health Spotlight Series on “Racism and Health: Evidence and Action.”
Talk title: "Stolen Breaths: Exploring Solutions to the Disproportionate Impact of Police Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic on Black Lives"
Description:  In Minnesota, where Black Americans account for 6% of the population but over half of the COVID-19 cases, George Floyd died at the hands of police. Any solution to racial health inequities must be rooted in the material conditions in which those inequities thrive. Therefore, we must for the health of the Black community and, in turn, the health of the nation, address the social, economic, political, legal, educational, and health care systems that maintain structural racism. Because as the COVID-19 pandemic so expeditiously illustrated, all policy is health policy. Although there is much to do, we recommend that health care systems engage, at the very least, in five practices to dismantle structural racism and improve the health and well-being of the black community and the country.
About the Speaker:
Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD, MPH, is a tenured associate professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health and the Blue Cross Endowed Professor in Health and Racial Equity.

A reproductive health equity researcher, she applies the tools of population health science and health services research to elucidate a critical and complex determinant of health inequity—racism. Hardeman leverages the frameworks of critical race theory and reproductive justice to inform her equity-centered work which aims to build the empirical evidence of racism’s impact on health particularly for Black birthing people and their babies.

Hardeman’s research includes a partnership with Roots Community Birth Center, in North Minneapolis, one of five Black-owned freestanding birth centers in the United States. Her work also examines the potential mental health impacts for Black birthing people when living in a community that has experienced the killing of an unarmed Black person by police.

This event supports one credit hour towards National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) Certification in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credit.

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About the Series:
The Population Health Spotlight Series, traditionally held on Drexel’s campus, is an opportunity to hear about innovative public health research and practice that is happening locally, nationally, and globally with a focus on improving population health and eliminating health disparities.

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