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"We must overcome inaction in the face of need" - Racism and health disparities explored in Chanchlani lecture

Sonia Chanchlani, Jaya Chanchlani, Camara Phyllis Jones, Tina Chanchlani, Sonia Anand

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones received the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award on Feb. 4 and delivered a lecture on the ways in which racism contributes to health disparities. From left: Dr. Sonia Chanchlani, Dr. Jaya Chanchlani, Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, Dr. Tina Chanchlani, Dr. Sonia Anand.

February 8, 2019

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones delivered a powerful lecture to McMaster's global health community after receiving the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award this week. Jones' talk aimed to empower people to take action to reduce racism and its negative impact on health.

Sharing allegories on race and racism, Jones' lecture called for a need to understand our common humanity, to realize that race is a social classification, and that we need to combat inaction and become actively anti-racist.

"It's important that we understand that racism contributes to poorer health outcomes and that we take steps to address it," said Andrea Baumann, associate V-P global health. "We were honoured to have Dr. Jones speak at McMaster about a critical global and public health issue." 

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.

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