This digital symposium, part of the Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law & Policy Initiative launched in 2020, seeks to further define the contours of and debates within the health justice movement and explore how scholars, activists, communities, and public health officials can use health justice frameworks to achieve health equity. To join this digital symposium and stay connected, please see detail below.
Declaring racism as a public health crisis is an important first step. Doing so acknowledges that racism exists and that government has a duty to dismantle the system of racism, instead of leaving the burden on individual victims of racism to file lawsuits. This is a critical shift in how to see racism and craft solutions to address it. Yet a declaration, without more, is not enough.
Amid a growing national conversation on equity and social justice, city and county governments are using tools to identify racial and ethnic disparities in their communities and inform the development and implementation of new laws and policies.
COVID-19 has revealed inequities for health care workers of color, especially direct care workers. Many of these direct care workers are not covered under COVID-19 economic relief bills and wage pass-through laws could help provide additional pay.
A disproportionate number of the 500,000 Americans who have died of coronavirus are Black. Yet African Americans and other people of color have struggled to access vaccines. Covid-19 missteps contribute to a nightmare all too familiar to Black communities and other communities of color.
Healing justice must breathe life back into our communities with structural changes that eliminate barriers to access. Now is the time to establish an understanding of healing justice, a concept which incorporates healing as a component of social justice and racial equity.
Through a community-led grantmaking process, the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing Fund will support efforts to develop capacity and infrastructure in the racial justice movement to
envision, articulate, and create a transformed St. Louis region through community organizing and healing arts.
Too often Black and Brown St. Louisans, people of color, don’t have power over the resources for community healing, justice, and transformation. The Racial Healing + Justice Fund makes it a priority that residents who are directly affected by racial inequity are the ones who design the strategy and govern the investment of the funds into the community.
Through research, training, community engagement and public policy development, the Institute will help build equitable communities by assessing and promoting best practices that foster healing from social injustice, trauma and oppression.
Four faculty members at Saint Louis University recently united to help build a more equitable community in which “race, gender, class and other social identity categories can no longer predict life outcomes, and outcomes for all groups are improved.