The Center’s portfolio includes academic scholarship, empirical research, and funded grants on the health implications of racism.



Racism: science & tools for the public health professional


The Center’s recently released edited volume on racism and public health was commissioned by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the flagship professional society for the field of public health. The volume is a plain language reference tool that frontline public health professionals can use to address racism as they carry out their ongoing work. Dr. Chandra L. 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 is published by APHA Press.

Ethnicity & Disease Special Issue

The Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice, & Health is pleased to announce the release of its first major project: the special issue of the journal Ethnicity & Disease focused on how public health researchers can address racism. The journal supplement includes a collection of papers based on critical race theory, a concept developed more than three decades ago by legal scholars that illuminates the subtle ways racism matters in any situation. 


Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health’s Racial Health Equity Postdoctoral Scholars conduct research on the health effects of racism and other social inequalities. The implications for African Americans, other persons of African descent, and people living in California are of particular concern.


The Center provides small grants. 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.

Congratulations to the awardees for 2019 - 2020.


We are conducting a series of studies and systematic reviews focused on capturing the unique ways in which racism may contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in HIV and AIDS.



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.



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.

The Center supports and participates in the efforts of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders (on Facebook here) to address the serial murders of black women in South Los Angeles and create a space where survivors, the families of the murdered women, and the community can memorialize the women via the ROSE Project: Reclaiming Our Sisters Everywhere: South Los Angeles.


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.


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.



The Center provides resources for affiliates and the public to better understand the links between racism, social injustices and health inequities.



We are ecstatic to announce that the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) has been funded for two years through the generosity of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). The Center is excited to host MTPCCR in the summer of 2020. Applications will be open in the Winter Quarter.


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.