This session provided a grounding in what we mean by racism and its intersection with health and provided historical and contemporary examples of how racial injustice shapes health inequities.
This is the first of two online learning events highlighting select sessions from the 2020 Sharing Knowledge to Build a Culture of Health Conference, held this past March in Jackson, MS. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with AcademyHealth and the National Collaborative for Health Equity, convened a cross-sectoral community of researchers, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss and share multidisciplinary evidence related to health and well-being. Now in its fifth year, the conference supports the Foundation’s vision to build a national Culture of Health, where everyone in our diverse society has a just and fair opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the foundational and conceptual knowledge about how racial injustice and health inequities are "cultivated."
  • Be able to describe the pathways through which racism affects health, connecting the dots between how racism influences life experience and trajectory—for example through education and employment—and how life experiences shape health.
  • Be able to demonstrate how top health issues in the U.S. are attributable to racial injustice.

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Speaker List

Opening Remarks:

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Member, Presenter

Tracy Costigan, Ph.D.

Director, Learning - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Costigan is the Director of Learning at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read Bio



Gail Christopher, D.N.

Executive Director - National Collaborative for Health Equity

Dr. Gail Christopher is an award winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of heal... Read Bio


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Kristin Z. Black, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor - East Carolina University

Kristin Z. Black is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolin... Read Bio

Derek Griffith

Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D.

Founding Co-Director - Georgetown University

Derek M. Griffith, Ph.D., is a Founding Co-Director of the Racial Justice Institute, Founder and Director of t... Read Bio