Structural Racism and COVID-19: The Political Divide, Re-Opening the Society and Health Impacts on People of Color
Recent California data show that citizen perspectives on rolling back shelter in place and other public health provisions related to COVID-19 are highly politicized and racialized. This Conversation features experts, john powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, Cristina Mora, Co-Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies, and Mahasin Mujahid, Epidemiologist, School of Public Health who will explore the impact of a polarized society on COVID-19, especially for vulnerable populations. Panelists will also discuss public health and social equity measures needed to safely re-open the society to address COVID-19 as well as the underlying pandemic of structural racism. In addition, they will examine bridging policies that can help overcome societal divisions and promote health justice for all. The discussion will be moderated by Denise Herd, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Director of Health and Social Behavior, and the Division Head of Community Health Sciences.