Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities

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Sep 01 2015, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST


The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation

The recent events in Charleston, South Caroline, Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, remind us that stigma, inequalities and civil rights injustices remain in our society today.* Unfortunately, skin color plays a large part in how people are viewed, valued and treated. We know that racism, both intentional and unintentional, affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities and stifles the opportunity of many to contribute fully to the future and growth of this nation. Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a summer webinar series about racism's impact on health and disparities.

Webinar # 4 | Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities

September 1, 2015 | 2 p.m. EDT 

Across this country, more than 50 million students will attend public elementary and high schools this fall. Yet only two-thirds of African American and fewer than three-quarters of Latino students will graduate on time. Also, more than half of all students attending public school live in poverty.

Barriers to high school graduation are a key public health concern because high school graduation is a leading indicator of healthy adult behaviors and health status. 

APHA Past President Adewale Troutman will led this timely discussion on the significance of high school graduation to health disparities. And Robert Murphy, former teacher, assistant principal and dropout prevention specialist, examined how current policies and practices in educational systems disproportionately impact students of color and ultimately contribute to disproportionate dropout rates. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones spoke about residential segregation, the educational achievement gap and action steps related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Join public health leaders in as they examine their role in providing the leadership to improve high school graduation rates and dismantling the policies and practices that undermine educational success and health.

Listen to the recorded webinar

View the webinar slides (all are PDF): Part 1Part 2Part 3

How to Obtain CPH Credit

Participants must register and attend the entire webinar and complete the evaluation online in order to earn 1 CPH CE credit hour and obtain a CE certificate.  A link to the online evaluation system will be sent to all participants who register and attend the webinar within 48 hours after the event. The email will include instructions and a personal ID # for access to the system.  All online evaluations must be submitted by Oct. 2, 2015

CPH credit also will be offered for those listening to the archived webinar recordings. You will be able to obtain 1 credit per recording, and this service will be available on Oct. 15. Free for APHA members, with a small fee per credit for non-members.

Contact Mighty Fine if you have questions about CPH credit.

*Read "An Uncomfortable Truth — Our Country's Failure to Address Racism" by Alameda County Health Officer Muntu Davis, MD, MPH

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