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The Impacts of racism on health to be explored in Chanchlani lecture

Camara Phyllis Jones
October 12, 2018

Renowned epidemiologist and family physician Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, will receive this year’s Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and deliver a lecture to the McMaster global health community on February 4, 2019.

Jones is senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, an adjunct professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, and an adjunct associate professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Her talk – titled Tools for Achieving Health Equity:  Allegories on "Race" and Racism – will explore the ways in which racism contributes to health disparities.

“Dr. Jones’ work on race-associated differences in health outcomes has been critical in terms of starting a national conversation on racism,” said Sonia Anand, associate chair of equity and diversity and professor in the Department of Medicine. "We are delighted to be welcoming her to speak at McMaster in the new year."

In her work, Jones examines the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation, targeting Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities). She seeks to broaden the national health debate so that it includes not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health, including poverty, and the social determinants of equity, including racism.

“Racism negatively impacts health equity in a society, and it’s an issue that we need to address as a significant global health issue,” said Andrea Baumann, associate V-P, Global Health and director of the MSc Global Health program at McMaster.

Former president of the American Public Health Association and assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, Jones also worked as a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her awards include the 2011 John Snow Award from the American Public Health Association and the Royal Society for Public Health, the 2009 Hildrus A. Poindexter Award from the Black Caucus of Health Workers, and the inaugural 2003 David Satcher Award from the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education.

Dr. Jones will accept her award and address the McMaster community on February 4 at 5 p.m. in HSC1A1, located in the Ewart Angus Centre of the McMaster Health Sciences Centre.