Black Lives Matter: A Commentary on Racism and Public Health

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Alumna Jennifer Jee-Lyn Garcia (PhD 14) and PhD candidate Mienah Zulfacar Sharif co-authored the article “Black Lives Matter: A Commentary on Racism and Public Health”, which is featured in the June 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.



The recent nonindictments of police officers who killed unarmed Black men have incited popular and scholarly discussions on racial injustices in our legal system, racialized police violence, and police (mis)conduct. What is glaringly absent is a public health perspective in response to these events.

We aim to fill this gap and expand the current dialogue beyond these isolated incidents to a broader discussion of racism in America and how it affects the health and well-being of people of color.

Our goal is not only to reiterate how salient structural racism is in our society, but how critical antiracist work is to the core goals and values of public health.


Read the full commentary here: