Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond

Screenshot of panelists from Webinar

Yesterday marked the one month anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.

In the month that has followed, we have borne witness to the breathtaking fervor that has swept through our communities who are demanding justice; who are demanding that the rights to safety, security and health are upheld in equal regard, for everyone. And, we have felt the support of neighbors the world over who have joined us in protest.

We know that some among us, whether neighbors across the street or across the globe, are more vulnerable. We know many of us endure the long lasting implications of social determinants of health, which includes endemic violence.

Too often, this is endured in silence.

Part of our mission at the Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility is to embolden and elevate the voices that need to be heard in order for all of us to understand how we can do our part to impact lasting, systemic change.

This week, in partnership with the Human Rights Lab, we offered our platform to experts in their respective fields to elevate their voices and to address racial inequities in health outcomes during COVID and beyond. If you were not among the 550+ attendees who joined us, we invite you to watch the recorded webinar. If you were able to join, we invite you to watch again and reflect on the messages delivered.

In the weeks and months to come, we aim to elevate more voices. We hope to create the space for these critical conversations to occur, and we hope that by doing so, we will do our part to achieve a better tomorrow.

Thank you.

Dr. Shailey Prasad is the Executive Director of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility and a Professor & Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Minnesota.

Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond


Hosts: Human Rights Lab & Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility

Structural inequalities between Black and White Americans have always had devastating impacts, and these disparate health outcomes have become even more apparent in the COVID-19 era. Panelists discuss the impact of structural racism on overall health outcomes of Black Americans, the framing of police brutality against Black Americans as a public health crisis, how the record of systemic racial injustice in the United States relates to the country's human rights law obligations, racial and economic disparities that exist outside of the U.S., and strategies for addressing gaps on a national and international level to guarantee the right to health in a post-COVID world.

  • E. Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance; Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Rachel Hardeman, Professor of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
  • Dr. Sirry Alang, Professor of Sociology and Health, Medicine, and Society, Lehigh University
  • Dr. Shailey Prasad, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health; Executive Director, Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, University of Minnesota

Health and Human Rights Digital Series

The University of Minnesota Human Rights Lab, in collaboration with the Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility, provides a space for scholars, practitioners, researchers, and advocates to explore these and related questions through its virtual series, Envisioning the Future: Advancing human rights in a time of crisis.

Health and Human Rights Digital Series