Promoting a Culture of Health: The Role of Racial Equity in Healing our Nation's Health Disparities

January 27, 2021
1:00 pm US Eastern Time

Slides & Resources


Dr. Christopher’s Website – https://drgailcchristopher.com/

Dr. Christopher speaking about ‘How race is connected to chronic disease’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQeIH3E6ruc&feature=emb_title

W.K. Kellog Foundation’s Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion resources – https://www.wkkf.org/news-and-media/article/2020/09/one-journey-wkkfs-new-racial-equity-diversity-inclusion-resource

Children’s Environmental Health Indicators: A summary and assessment (on the Childrens’ Environmental Health Network Website) – https://cehn.org/resources/cehindicators/

Listen to recording here.

Countless individuals and communities of color experience a heavier concentration of health risks and worse health outcomes than their white counterparts. Low birth weights, infant mortality, affordable housing, access to health care, food security, higher exposure to air pollution, contaminated water, lead poisoning, police violence, the list of inequities goes on.  January 27th Dr. Gail Christopher spoke about her decades-long efforts to address these and other disparities across the nation and Alaska's particular challenges and opportunities to achieve a high quality of health for all.

Dr. Christopher's work focuses on the relationship between racial inequity and disparities of environmental health and justice. Consequently, racial healing and transformation of existing beliefs, policies, and practices play central roles as solutions. Dr. Christopher's most recent work with the National Collaborative for Health Equity also provides communities and organizations research-based roadmaps and data-driven benchmarks to guide their efforts to reimagine healthier communities and 'undo the health consequences of racism'. This webinar was a conversational, interview format.

Featured Speaker

Dr. Gail Christopher is the Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, founder of the Ntainu Childrens Garden Center for Healing & Nature, and former Senior Advisor and Vice President to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she worked for 10 years with a focus on children’s health. Dr Christopher is currently on the board of the Children’s Environmental Health Network and is Chair of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health and a Fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration. Her expertise focuses on health policy, integrative health medicine, social determinants of health, and health inequities. 


You can read more about this webinar, our speaker, and find a list of related resources here - https://www.akaction.org/promoting-a-culture-of-health-through-racial-healing-and-transformation/

This call was hosted by the CHE-Alaska Partnership, which is coordinated by Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT). It lasted for 60 minutes and was recorded for the call and webinar archive.