By the Washington Informer
The House of Representatives and Senate organized a powerful Briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 29th, to discuss systemic racism & racial justice! Speakers provided their expertise & personal experiences to shed light on how systemic racism perpetuates inequalities. Also discussed were policy changes & systemic reforms to support an equitable & inclusive society. Our executive director, Dr. Gail C. Christopher, attended the briefing, and we thank her for her significant contributions to the conversation.
By Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN
The average life expectancy of Native Americans has dropped significantly in recent years. Graduates of University of North Dakota’s new doctoral program in Indigenous health are working to reduce disparities and create better health outcomes for Native communities. Their efforts are invaluable to ensure everyone can live longer and healthier lives.
By: Kristine L. Rhodes, MPH, Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA, Jordan P. Lewis, PhD, MSW, Vanesscia L. Cresci, MSW, MPA, Delight E. Satter, MPH & Denise A. Dillard, PhD, Sage Journals
As the first scientists on the American continents, the research pursuits of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples used a variety of methods for understanding and responding to complex environmental factors for the wellbeing of their communities. Because of colonialism and attempts to eradicate tribal cultures, most of this knowledge has been stolen or lost. This has been detrimental to the health and wellbeing of American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Today’s public health data systems do not reflect or serve the needs of tribal peoples and prevent tribes from assessing health risks and trends, tracking illnesses, and making data-informed decisions.
Understanding and respecting American Indian and Alaska Native data equity is a crucial piece of health equity. In a new article in Public Health Reports, American Indian and Alaska Native public health data experts share what needs to be done to make this a reality.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and NORC at the University of Chicago conducted a nationwide survey to identify and assess attitudes towards racial equity and policymaking.
By LaShonda Brenson, Ph.D. and Kimberly Victor, Joint Center
Check out the recent article by Word in Black, “To Improve Our Health, Change Our Story,” which features Dr. Gail C. Christopher and her work to change the narrative surrounding race in America to improve the health outcomes of Black people.
By Joseph Williams
The Tulsa Massacre of 1921 is an undeniable reminder of the persistent racism and systemic oppression that has existed for far too long. It’s time to pay attention, recognize the need for reparations, and ensure justice is served.
By Wesley Lowery, The Washington Post
Through an executive order, former Mayor Lori Lightfoot has committed to recognizing environmental racism impacting Chicago communities. This agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is just the start of an effort to enact policy reforms led by the communities they most impact.
By Gina Ramirez, NRDC
Sixty years ago, in the nation’s capital, history was made! Thousands of people joined together for a powerful demonstration in support of racial justice, which is still remembered today as one of the most influential of its kind.
By Aaron Morrison, Associated Press
The recent Supreme Court ruling to end affirmative action at universities could have major consequences for the healthcare system, which is already struggling to combat racial disparities.
By Lisa Jarvis, Bloomberg Opinion