The Impact of Racism on Public Health, COVID-19, and Communities of Color

Webinar Information

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the U.S., communities of color shared an uneven burden of the disease. The ability to understand from a public health perspective, the increase and devastating health effects and morbidity consequences due to COVID-19 is alarming, but not unexpected based upon structural racism. In light of the recent declarations of racism as a public health crisis, the push to address the situations that COVID-19 has brought to bear is an imperative. This presentation will define the levels of racism that exist, distinguishing between intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism. Redlining in terms of the provision of home loans is used as an example of structural racism and its impact on COVID-19 and communities of color, even here in Nevada. We will close with potential solutions in the areas of policy, health care and COVID-19, public health, as well as future research opportunities. While the solutions that will be discussed are not all encompassing, we will start to address the multitude of health disparities and health inequities that have always existed but systematically ignored either intentionally or unintentionally.

The Health Equity Webinar Series is a free online webinar series designed to showcase dynamic work being accomplished to enhance health equity opportunities. This series discusses different innovative implementations, strategies, best practices, success stories, and experiences impacting health equity in communities served with public health professionals around the nation. This Health Equity Webinar course contains 5 modules: 

Health Equity Webinars are hosted live on the third Friday of each month at 10am PST.   

To join the live session, please enroll in the course before 10am PST on the day of the webinar. All Health Equity sessions are recorded. If you enroll after the live webinar session has ended, the course will contain a video recording of the live session you can watch instead. Please note, it may take up to one month for the recording to become available.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this webinar, participants will be able to 

  1. By this end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  2. Define and distinguish between intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism.
  3. Discuss redlining as an example of structural racism along with its impact on COVID-19 and communities of color.
  4. Describe potential policy, health care and COVID-19, public health, and research solutions to address racial health inequities.

Target Audience:

  • Public health professionals
  • Community members 
  • Students

Duration: ~ 1 hour 

Continuing Education: N/A


Melva Thompson-Robinson, DrPH, Executive Director, Center for Health Disparities Research 

Carolee Dodge Francis, EdD, Endowed Ecology of Human Well- Being Professor, University of WI Madison 

Daryl Traylor , PhD candidate,  Nursing & Healthcare Innovation, University of Missouri

Johanna Adlam, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Health Disparities Research

Eboni Anderson, PhD, Director, Community Oriented Primary Care 

Course Content

  • 01

    Health Equity Series

    • Health Equity Series Welcome

    • Webinar Description and Presenter Bios

    • Demographic Survey

    • Live Webinar on May 21, 2021 at 10am PST

    • Webinar Replay

    • Webinar Handouts

    • Course Evaluation

    • Save the Date for Next Month's Health Equity Webinar

  • 02

    Discussion Board

    • Optional Discussion Board

This webinar is sponsored by:

  • NPHA