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Dr. Camara Jones Keynote Address | Dismantling Racism: We put out a statement, now what do we do? | Sept. 10, 2020



This is a learning session on the topic of racism. This learning opportunity was provided by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network and Milwaukee Film through their partnership to develop and launch the Minority Health Film Festival. During this session you will learn about the value of the Minority Health Film Festival films, community conversations, and other events as learning opportunities on health conditions, health disparities, resources, and ideas on actions to make changes. Additionally, you will receive an introduction to the Froedtert Health Eradicating Racism and Enhancing Health Equity plan. However, majority of the video session includes the keynote learning session on racism by Dr. Camara Jones. During the session participants:

  • Discussed why it is challenging for some to identify and name racism.
  • Asked the question “How is racism operating here?” and examined the answers to the question.
  • Learned how to develop strategies and take action to address racism within organizations and communities.

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is a family physician, epidemiologist, and Past President of the American Public Health Association whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. Valued for her creativity and intellectual agility, she seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). Her allegories on "race" and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss.

Dr. Jones recently completed tenure as the 2019-2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Past roles include Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (1994 to 2000); Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000 to 2014); Senior Fellow at the Morehouse School of Medicine (2014 to present); and President of the American Public Health Association (2015 to 2016). She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (2004 to present) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine (2003 to present).

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