Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen

August 11, 2020 | 01:00 PM
02:00 PM ET

Webinar Transcript

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the impact of systemic racism on the health of Black Americans. Long-standing social and economic inequities have contributed to multiple social determinants of health that increase the risk of getting or dying from COVID-19. In the United States, Black Americans are dying at 2.5 times the rate of white Americans, while facing barriers to testing, treatment, and options for prevention and self-protection. This webinar discussed how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.

The first part in our Stopping the Other Pandemic: Systemic Racism and Health series, this webinar explored the impact of systemic racism on the health of Black Americans. Speakers discussed:

  • How health is not created in the health system and how we need to sustain a focus on racism moving forward and improving health and the health care system
  • A health plan’s comprehensive approach to addressing racism in health care through provider anti-bias training, efforts to increase workforce diversity and the incorporation of equity into value-based care arrangements
  • How a local system of health centers is focusing on grassroots strategies and efforts to address systemic racism and improve health outcomes in the community


Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Emory University; Morehouse School of Medicine
Derek Robinson, MD, MBA, FACEP, CHCQM
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Tiffany Netters, MPA, PMP
504 HealthNet

Presentation Slides

"Naming Racism and Moving to Action" - Camara Jones
"Local Insights and Efforts to Eliminate Health Disparities" - Derek Robinson
"Community-level Solutions to Address Systemic Racism" - Tiffany Netters