Region V Public Health Training Center

How to be Anti-Racist in the Everyday Practice of Public Health

This is an all levels course offering CHES, CNE, and CPH — Free
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1.25 hours


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Each day, we have opportunities to fight racism and bias in our work in public health. From our hiring practices to microaggressions that occur in internal meetings to the data we collect to the policies we influence, enact, and enforce — racism and bias impact all facets of public health. Studies show that this ultimately causes a negative impact on health outcomes and hinders our efforts to reduce racial inequities in health.

Through a hypothetical case study, following the day of a local public health practitioner, this training explores: 1) The myriad ways that racism and bias can be operationalized in the everyday practice of public health; 2) Why being explicit about microaggressions, bias, and racism is foundational to eliminating racial health disparities; and 3) Practical strategies for addressing racism, bias, and microaggressions as essential aspects of everyday practice in public health.

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017.

Reviewers say, "Great use of scenarios with real-world situations for the learner to understand different types of racism." And, "Highly recommend! The case studies were really insightful." And, "Be sure to utilize the resources and links!"

What You'll Learn

  • Compare individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism
  • Identify strategies to address microaggressions
  • Use a structural/root cause analysis to understand how laws, regulations, and policies create health and racial inequities
  • Describe the importance of applied anti-racism
  • Apply antiracism principles and concepts to the everyday practice of public health

Competency Terms

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Workforce Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Business Support - Accountant/Fiscal
Clerical Personnel - Administrative Assistant
Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Grant & Contracts Specialist
Health Educator
Health Officer
Home Health Worker
Human Resources Personnel
Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
Other - Schools
Other Facilities/Operations Worker
Other Management & Leadership
Other Physician
Other Professional
Other Registered Nurse-Clinical Services
Physician Assistant
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Registered Nurse - Unspecified
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Develop public policy or regulations
Plan public health programs
Ensure competent public and personal health care workforce
Manage personnel (e.g., recruit, schedule, train, or evaluate staff)
Manage public health programs
Supervise, plan, or distribute work to others