Anti-Racism and Health Equity

"There is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of 'racist' isn’t 'not racist.' It is 'antiracist.'" – Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

These materials are intended to provide education and examples to assist departments in becoming antiracist—with policies, procedures and operational framework that live up to this ideal.

Video Resources

Examining Race-Based Medicine

In this video, panelists discuss approaches to dismantling race-based medicine across clinical practice, education and research as part of the AMA’s Prioritizing Equity video series.

View the entire AMA series.

Crucial Conversations: Health Disparities & Social Inequities

University of Michigan faculty and students discuss the realities of COVID-19, health disparities, and social inequities that Black communities face.

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UNITE: An NIH Initiative to End Structural Racism

The NIH has established an initiative aimed to: “establish an equitable and civil culture within the biomedical research enterprise and reduce barriers to racial equity in the biomedical research workforce.”

Learn more about UNITE and how to submit feedback.

Articles on Anti-Racism in Medicine

Health Equity — Are We Finally on the Edge of a New Frontier?

Michele K. Evans, MD. New England Journal of Medicine. September 10, 2020.

How Should Health Professional Education Respond to Widespread Racial and Ethnic Health Inequity and Police Brutality?

Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH, Rose L. Molina, MD, MPH, Regan Marsh, MD, MPH, Emma Hartswick, Raquel Sofia Sandoval, Nora Osman, MD, and Leonor Fernandez, MD. AMA Journal of Ethics. February 2021.

Advancing Health Equity in Patient Safety: A Reckoning, Challenge, and Opportunity

Marshall H Chin. BMJ Quality & Safety. December 29 2020

Diagnosing and Treating Systemic Racism

Michele K. Evans, MD, Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, Debra Malina, PhD, Stephen Morrissey, PhD, and Eric J. Rubin, MD, PhD. New England Journal of Medicine. July 16. 2020.

Op-Ed: I Am So Tired

Robert M. Sellers. University of Michigan. May 29, 2020.

Listen: Anti-Racism in Medicine Podcast

In Episode 5 of Clinical Problem Solvers’ Racism, Power, and Policy Series  Aletha Maybank MD, MPH, and Camara Jones MD, PhD, discuss Building the Anti-Racist Health Systems of the Future.

Dive Deeper with Learning Modules

Health Equity Rounds: An Interdisciplinary Case Conference to Address Implicit Bias and Structural Racism for Faculty and Trainees

Joanna Perdomo, Destiny Tolliver, Heather Hsu, Yuan He, Katherine A. Nash, Stephanie Donatelli, Camila Mateo, Cynthia Akagbosu, Faraz Alizadeh, Alexandra Power-Hays, Tyler Rainer, Daniel J. Zheng, Caroline J. Kistin, Robert J. Vinci, Catherine D. Michelson. MedEd Portal. November 25, 2019.

Words Matter: An Antibias Workshop for Health Care Professionals to Reduce Stigmatizing Language

Julia Raney, MD, Ria Pal, MD, Tiffany Lee, MD, Samuel Ricardo Saenz, MD, MPH, Devika Bhushan, MD, Peter Leahy, MD, Carrie Johnson, MBA, Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, MPH, Michael A. Gisondi, MD, Kim Hoang, MD. MedEd Portal. March 2, 2021.

Addressing Microaggressions in Academic Health: A Workshop for Inclusive Excellence

Kupiri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, N. Nicole Jacobs, PhD, Regina Orozco, MSN, RN, Maya London. MedEd Portal. February 11, 2021.

Teaching Intersectionality of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Race/Ethnicity in a Health Disparities Course

Stephanie Bi, Monica B. Vela, MD, Aviva G. Nathan, MPH, Kathryn E. Gunter, MPH, MSW, Scott C. Cook, PhD, Fanny Y. López, MPP, Robert S. Nocon, MHS, Marshall H. Chin, MD, MPH. MedEd Portal. July 31, 2020.