The Center’s major research-oriented projects support the production of knowledge about the health implications of racism.
Ethnicity & Disease Special Issue
To illustrate the range of ways Critical Race Theory can be applied empirically, the Center is publishing a special issue of the refereed journal Ethnicity & Disease. The theme of the special issue is empirical application of Critical Race Theory in research on health inequities. Dr. Chandra Ford, the Center Director, and noted health educator Dr. Collins Airhihenbuwa, who serves on the Center’s Executive Board, are the guest editors. All of the articles in this forthcoming issue report empirical findings from studies that applied Critical Race Theory (CRT) or a public health version of it such as Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP).
Edited Volume on Racism and Public Health
Another of the Center’s important writing projects is a large edited volume on racism and public health commissioned by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the flagship professional society for the field of public health. The volume is intended to be a plain language reference tool that frontline public health professionals can use to address racism as they carry out their ongoing work. Dr. Ford is the volume’s lead editor. Co-editors include Dr. Derek Griffith of Vanderbilt University, Dr. Marino Bruce of Vanderbilt University and Dr. Keon Gilbert of Saint Louis University. The volume will be published by APHA Press.
The Center plans to begin soliciting applications for small grants in academic year 2018-2019. Grants must be used to complete empirical, theoretical or intervention research on racism, social justice and public health. As a condition of receiving support, funded investigators must present their findings in the Center’s seminar series and at one professional meeting within one year of the study’s conclusion. They must also agree to serve as a reviewer for one of the Center’s future grant cycles and apply for funding that builds on the research findings.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS
The Center is involved with national efforts to promote an anti-racism movement within the field of Public Health. It also hosts speakers of interest to the local community.
NATIONAL ANTI-RACISM COLLABORATIVE
Launched at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) by then President of APHA, Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, the collaborative seeks to build a movement made up of diverse public health advocates, professionals and researchers targeting racism as a public health issue. The collaborative is supported across multiple organizations and institutions. Its primary home is in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute of the Morehouse School of Medicine. The Center for the Study of Racism, Social justice and Health is honored to support the efforts of the Collaborative by hosting its listserve and facilitating virtual collaboration. Center affiliates and all persons interested in health equity are encouraged to become involved.
Each quarter, the Center hosts or co-sponsors lectures by prominent scholars whose work addresses the intersecting issues of racism, social justice and health. These lectures are open to the public. Visit our events page to learn about our upcoming lectures.
The monthly series provides opportunities for affiliates and community members to come to discuss critical issues in the field, establish collaborations and obtain feedback.
The journal club was originally formed in 2009 as a standalone working group for students and faculty in Community Health Sciences interested in studying the intersections of Critical Race Theory and Public Health. Now, the Center hosts this brown bag lunch series for all center affiliates from diverse disciplines. Each month an affiliate volunteers to identify readings to discuss informally over lunch. During the monthly meetings participants critically engage work on the intersections of public health, racism, antiracism and related topics. The group also fosters social support for those doing work on these topics. All interested affiliates are encouraged to participate.
WORKS-IN- PROGRESS SEMINAR SERIES
Beginning Winter 2018, faculty will be able to present from manuscripts, grants and other projects on which they are working at monthly works-in-progress seminars. Limited to faculty and post-doctoral affiliates, the primary purpose of the seminar series is to provide a venue where faculty engaged in critical race scholarship and research can obtain useful feedback. The series is also intended to provide opportunities to engage with the work of other faculty affiliates and support the development of interdisciplinary collaborations.
TEACHING & LEARNING PROJECTS
The Center provides resources for affiliates and the public to better understand the links between racism, social injustices and health inequities.
The Center is building a virtual library to enable interested persons to access the state of the knowledge on racism, social justice and health. Resources include reference tools, journal articles and webinars. In Winter 2018, we will begin collecting and featuring many of the books, journal articles, online publications and other materials of all Center affiliates. The goal of this endeavor, the Center Affiliates Collection, is to facilitate access to and promote engagement with the intellectual contributions of center affiliates.