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Theorizing and Measuring Racism as a Multifaceted, Interconnected, and Fundamental Cause of Health Inequities

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Join the Center for Racial Justice in welcoming Dr. Whitney Pirtle, Associate Professor of Sociology and MacArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Merced. Dr. Pirtle is the inaugural Racial Justice and Anti-Racism Collaborative Visiting Scholar.

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About the research talk

Racism is a multifaceted, interconnected, and fundamental cause of racialized health inequities. As such, racism impacts who gets sick, who dies, and who is able to live healthy. In this talk, Dr. Pirtle will overview interventions of her empirical research, informed by critical race theory, that utilizes multidimensional measures of race and structural measures of racism to explore health outcomes for Black, Latinx, and other populations of color.

Dr. Pirtle demonstrates that using theoretically informed measures of race and racism help us refine our understanding of racialized health associations and clarifies mechanisms of structural racism that shape contemporary racialized health inequities. Collectively, the discussion helps think through equitable interventions that can facilitate better health for more of us.

The Racial Justice and Anti-Racism Collaborative Visiting Scholars Program is hosted by The Center for Racial Justice and the Anti-Racism Collaborative.