Free Course Examines How Racism Affects Health

6/4/2020
The MMA has released a free course highlighting concepts, papers, and frameworks on how racism affects health, in particular, communities of color. 

“Racism is about power, and as such, it is about disenfranchising,” says the course’s presenter Maria Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH FAAFP, FSAHM. “Racism creates power imbalances that can diminish social inclusion as it leads to incomplete citizenship, undervalued rights, undervalued recognition, and undervalued participation, and creates a culture of oppression.”

Some of the ideas the course explores include: 
• Racism can impact health directly via several recognized pathways
• Organizations should consider and address racism as a form of structural violence
• Organizations should reaffirm their commitment to justice and equity and actively develop, implement, and evaluate policies and processes to ensure that racism is not embedded systematically
• Youth-serving organizations should explicitly convey their views against racism and create safe, welcoming spaces for all
• Organizations should develop, implement, and evaluate interventions at all levels addressing chronic minority stress and vicarious trauma affecting Nondominant Racial-Ethnic Youth
(NDRE) providers
• Organizations should develop, implement, and evaluate interventions at all levels addressing chronic minority stress and vicarious trauma affecting NDRE trainees and students
• Providers caring for youth should integrate promising interventions to address racism as part of routine evaluation and in response to identified aggression.

To view the course, click here.

This course was recorded in 2019, after the release of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) position paper titled "Racism and Its Harmful Effects on Nondominant Racial–Ethnic Youth and Youth-Serving Providers: A Call to Action for Organizational Change." Click here to view the position paper that is the basis of the course.