Key public health resources for anti-racism action: A curated list
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Racism and racialization are important considerations in public health work because of the documented impact each has on the health outcomes of Indigenous Peoples and people of colour. Action on racism requires an understanding of both its structural implications and the tools available to promote anti-racist action at the individual, organizational and system levels.
The purpose of this reading list is to offer a starting point for public health practitioners hoping to deepen their understanding of the causes and implications of structural racism. In addition, the collection highlights different strategies for dismantling racist systems and offers examples of communities that have experience success with these aims.
The resources and tools selected address four main areas for promoting anti-racist action in public health:
- Building capacity: Supports systems and organizations that are considering how to analyze and act on the structural forces that drive racial inequities
- Taking action: Includes resources for assessing and reporting on the impacts of racialization and racism
- Case examples: Offers practice-based examples of system- and organization-level action on racism
- Tools to support planning and implementation: Showcases organizations that have enacted strategies and guidance that can be applied to their own contexts
This curated list is not meant to be comprehensive but to showcase key considerations for addressing the systemic and structural causes of racism.
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2018). Public health resources for anti-racism action: A curated list. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.
Other related resources
- Public Health Speaks: Intersectionality and health equity (2016)
- Let’s Talk: Racism and health equity (2017)