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UCLA: How Public Health Practitioners Can Address Racism – Professor Edits New Book

Researchers have long documented health disparities among people of different racial and ethnic groups. What is less known is how being a target of racism affects a person’s health. This can involve experiencing chronic stress stemming from being treated differently, being exposed to environmental hazards disproportionately located in racial or ethnic minority communities, or being denied access to quality medical care, housing, employment or other resources.

In a new book edited by a professor from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, academicians and community organizers explain how experiencing racism may affect a person’s health, and how people who work in public health can identify and address racism.

“Race isn’t fundamentally a biological attribute. People don’t experience high rates of poor health because of how they look, but because of the unfair treatment they receive based on how they look,” says Dr. Chandra Ford, associate professor of community health sciences and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “This book sees racism as a threat to public health. Achieving health equity requires interventions that target the health implications of racism.”

In “Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional,” authors give specific examples of how public health workers can confront racism, including…

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