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Impact of race on health focus of lecture

Published: January 14, 2018
Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

The ways race contributes to health disparities is the subject of a public lecture at McMaster University on Monday, February 4.

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, will examine the issue at 5 p.m. in HSC-1A1, located in the Ewart Angus Centre of the McMaster Health Sciences Centre at 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton. The epidemiologist and family physician will receive this year's Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and deliver the lecture.

Jones is a 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 is titled Tools for Achieving Health Equity:  Allegories on "Race" and Racism.

The Chanchlani award and lecture was established in 2012 by Vasu and Jaya Chanchlani to recognize an outstanding scholar in global health.

"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 her work, Jones examines the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the 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 vice-president, global health for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster.

Jones, a former president of the American Public Health Association and assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, has also worked as a medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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