Achieving Health Equity: Addressing Racism as a Threat to the Health and Well-being of Our Nation

Achieving Health Equity: Addressing Racism as a Threat to the Health and Well-being of Our Nation
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Camara Phyllis Jones

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Adult and Community Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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Course Details

Target Audience

Individuals with responsibilities in community-based public health, as well as others interested in the topic.


  • Describe the relationship between medical care, secondary prevention, primary prevention, addressing the social determinants of health, and addressing the social determinants of equity using the "Cliff Analogy."
  • Define racism, and distinguish three levels of racism using the "Gardener's Tale" allegory.
  • Describe the relationship between "socially-assigned race" and self-rated general health status on the 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
  • Identify the status of the United States with regard to the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination.


This webcast is approximately 110 minutes.


This event is a collaboration of the Michigan Public Health Training Center and the Genesee County Health Department. Funding was made possible (in part) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions.

Technical Information

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This presentation equips public health workers with tools for motivating, initiating, and sustaining work to address health equity.  These tools include the "Cliff Analogy" animation which distills three levels of health intervention; a definition of racism which can be generalized to become a definition of any structured inequity; the "Gardener's Tale" allegory which illustrates and encourages discussion about three levels of racism; data on the relationship between "socially assigned race" and self-rated health; a three-part definition of health equity including what it is, how to achieve it, and how it relates to health disparities; and information on an international anti-racism treaty which can serve as a platform for action.