SPH researchers featured in upcoming HealthAffairs special issue and symposium on racism and health

SPH faculty Rachel Hardeman, Janette Dill, and Shekinah Fashaw-Walters share their expertise and insights into how racism harms health.

Charlie Plain | January 31, 2022
Rachel Hardeman in a black shirt and smiling.
Associate Professor Rachel Hardeman.

Three University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) faculty are panelists for the “Racism & Health” virtual symposium hosted by Health Affairs on Tue, Feb. 8. The SPH faculty participating in the event are Associate Professor and Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity Rachel Hardeman, Associate Professor Janette Dill, and Assistant Professor Shekinah Fashaw-Walters.

The SPH faculty and other distinguished authors and experts will present their work and participate in discussions on the historical context, evolving research practices and policies, and the lived experience of populations whose health has been harmed by individual and structural racism. 

Janette Dill wearing a gray shirt and smiling.
Associate Professor Janette Dill.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the release of the February 2022 issue of Health Affairs themed “Racism & Health,” which takes a comprehensive look at the complex relationship between racism and health and provides new evidence, analysis, and commentary on the topic.

The special issue features an extraordinary number of SPH researchers and includes papers from all three of the school’s symposium panelists: 

Hardeman: Improving Measurement Of Structural Racism To Achieve Antiracist Health Policy

Shekinah Fashaw-Walters smiling in front of a bank of windows.
Assistant Professor Shekinah Fashaw-Walters.

Dill: Structural Racism And Black Women’s Employment In The US Health Care Sector

Fashaw-Walters: Out Of Reach: Inequities In The Use Of High-Quality Home Health Agencies   

Hardeman also served as one of two guest advisors for the special issue.

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