Racism in the Structure: Systemic Racism’s Impact on Health Disparities
This webinar is hosted by Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
Social determinants of health and health disparities are rooted in systemic racism and have a historical context. These inequities and multi-level racism have and continue to impact the health of Black Americans and other BIPOC communities. This lecture series presentation will explore how mental health and substance use in this country, specifically, is itself influenced by historic, economic, educational, and social barriers. This presentation is grounded in principles of race equity and social justice, and will address the role of power and privilege in perpetuating health inequities. The need for changing traditional structures and culture to those that promote race equity will be a focus of this discussion. A panel discussion will follow this presentation, featuring representatives from SAPC’s Strategic and Network Development unit, SAPC’s specialty provider network with particular experience or focus on substance use in the context of health disparities. This portion of the presentation is intended to assist substance use providers across the continuum of care in identifying and addressing real world considerations in structural and cultural changes applied at the prevention, treatment and community levels.