Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism
Join us for a School of Public Health "Diversity Dialogue" with special guest:
Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, Ph.D.
President, American Public Health Association
Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Currently leading a national public health campaign against racism, Dr. Camara P. Jones will present a framework for understanding racism on multiple levels, describe its impacts on individual and community health, and discuss strategies for eliminating racism in the university, workplace, and everyday life.
Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health and equity, including poverty and racism.
Dr. Jones uses allegories to talk about “race” and racism to illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. She hopes through her public health campaign against racism to influence a broader conversation that will result in a National Campaign Against Racism.
In her talk, she will tell the “Gardner's Tale” and present a framework for understanding racism on three levels. This framework is useful for understanding the basis for race-associated differences in health, designing effective interventions to eliminate these differences, and engaging in a national conversation." You can view her TEDx talk “Allegories on Race and Racism” here and an interview with Dr. Jones at the APHA 2015 meeting here.
Previous to her current roles with the American Public Health Association and Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (from 1994 to 2000), and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014.
She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in General Preventive Medicine (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health) and in Family Practice (Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital).
This lecture is part of the Maryland Dialogues on Diversity and Community.