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Environmental Justice

Webinar //


Nov 17 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Webinar Recording:

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Download the presenter slides (PDF): Donele Wilkins


Continuing Education:

You can watch the webinar and earn continuing education credit for CPH, CHES, CME, and CNE. Purchase the entire series or individual webinars and earn up to nine CE credits.

Webinar Description:

The final webinar in APHA's Advancing Racial Equity series raised awareness of the ongoing impact of environmental racism on the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and people of color in the U.S. 


  • Addressed historic and systemic issues (e.g., redlining, toxic waste siting, zoning policies) that have disproportionally impacted communities of color, including social, economic, and health implications of these practices;
  • Discussed the importance of environmental justice initiatives to mitigate inequity and how public health professionals can address environmental racism; and
  • Presented strategies and frameworks to address environmental racism, such as health-in-all-policies, just transition, and cumulative impacts policies to curtail future health disparities.

Kate Robb, Crystal Dixon, Donna Chavis, Donele Wilkins, Sacoby Wilson, Michele Okoh


  • Kate Robb, MSPH, Senior Program Manager, Environmental Health, APHA Center for Public Health Policy


  • Crystal Dixon, MPH, MCHES, NBC-HWC, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Education, UNC Greensboro


  • Donna Chavis, Senior Campaigner, Fossil Fuels, Friends of the Earth
  • Donele Wilkins, Founder and CEO, Green Door Initiative
  • Sacoby Wilson, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland-College Park
  • Michele Okoh, JD, Senior Lecturing Fellow of Law, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

Webinar resources referenced by presenters

Kate Robb

Achieving Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: The Way Forward (webinar)

Creating the Healthiest Nation: Environmental Justice for All (fact sheet)

Crystal Dixon

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)

The Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative

Donele Wilkins

The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright)

Donna Chavis

Toxic Wastes and Race

Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty

Sacoby Wilson

Let’s Talk About Scientific Racism, Colonialism, and Imperialism 

Leaking Talent: How People of Color are Pushed Out of Environmental Organizations 

Noxious New York- The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice

Root Shock- How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It (Mindy Thompson Fullilove)

We Could Have Saved Thousands of Lives

Environmental Slavery: America’s Original Sin Continued 

Environmental Slavery and Oppression: A Global Problem

Michele Okoh

Addressing Environmental Justice to Achieve Health Equity

State of North Carolina Exec

New Jersey Passes Landmark Environmental Justice Legislation

Gordon Leker, H. & MacDonald Gibson, J. Relationship between race and community water and sewer service in North Carolina, USA

Racial Disparities in Access to Community Water Supply Service in Wake County, North Carolina

CDC: Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (Luke W. Cole and Sheila R. Foster)

More Resources

We encourage you to view webinars from the 2015 series The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation. Check out other APHA racism and health resources, including our popular book, Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional.

Questions? Contact the APHA Public Health Policy Center.