In 2010, Chandra Ford and Collins Airhihenbuwa urged the field of public health toward new ground in their “Critical Race Theory, Race Equity, and Public Health: Toward Antiracism Praxis” published in the American Journal of Public Health. In February 2014, the Maryland center for Health Equity held the inaugural PHCRP Institute, which offered a firm step onto that new ground for scholars and researchers interested in using the principles of Critical Race Praxis
What is Critical Race Theory?
Critical race theory (CRT) is an iterative methodology for helping investigators remain attentive to equity while carrying out research, scholarship, and practice. CRT incorporates the four basic features of race consciousness, contemporary orientation, centering in the margins rather than in the mainstream, and praxis (i.e., theory-informed action).
The institute included a combination of didactic and interactive components including small group work and a cultural experience that encouraged the exploration of race and racism in contemporary America. The primary focuses of the PHCRI were:
- The fundamentals of Critical Race Theory (CRT)
- The fundamentals of Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP)
- Application of PHCRP to ongoing or proposed empirical research
- Dissemination of findings from PHCRP Research
PHCRPI core faculty included Chandra Ford (University of California Los Angeles), Collins Airhihenbuwa (Pennsylvania State University), and the faculty team from the Maryland Center for Health Equity (University of Maryland) including James Butler, Craig Fryer, Mary Garza, Sandra Crouse Quinn and Stephen Thomas.
The University of Maryland Center for Health Equity is pleased to announce the new dates for its Inaugural Public Health Critical Race Praxis Institute.
February 17-19, 2014
This Institute is intended for scholars and researchers interested in learning how to incorporate the principles of Critical Race Praxis into their work. Join us to learn more about:
- The fundamentals of Critical Race Theory and Public Health Critical Race Praxis
- Application of Public Health Critical Race Praxis to research
- Potential contributions of Public Health Critical Race Praxis to eliminating health disparities
Participants will engage in a variety of interactive and didactic sessions, small group work and a cultural experience that explores race and racism in contemporary America.