The School of Nursing Hosts Race in America: Health Equity From a Social Justice Perspective.
Back in 2015 Johns Hopkins University formed Race in America, a discussion series to address racial equality, division in our society, and the toll of institutionalized racism, in response to the Baltimore unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. The series rotates host schools to make sure these important discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion are present throughout Johns Hopkins.
Yesterday was the school of nursing’s turn to host. The conversation included special guest Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans. The session was moderated by Phyllis Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Community Programs and Initiatives and Elsie Lawler Chair, and organized by the School of Nursing Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, with special thanks to Associate Dean Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FAAN.
Special guest Marc Morial highlighted the urgent need for health care professionals to make their voices heard. To underscore the status quo of institutional racism in America, he said, “Eighty percent of America’s existence was with a system of racist exclusionary policies. Now 50 years later, the process to dismantle the after effects is challenging.”
“What kind of nation do we want to leave for our children 100 years from now?” he asked.
- Health Care Equity from a Social Justice Perspective
- JHU Forums on Race in America
- Dialogues in Health Equity Series
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