Friday Five – Addressing Racism and Structural Discrimination in Health
Camara Jones is an African American family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the United States. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).
Priti Krishtel is a health justice lawyer and co-founder and co-executive director of I-MAK, a non-profit building a more just and equitable medicines system. She has spent nearly two decades exposing structural inequities affecting access to medicines and vaccines across the Global South and the United States.
Margareta (Magda) Matache is a lecturer on social and behavioral sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the co-founder and director of the Roma Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University. With more than 20 years of experience in activism and research, Matache has dedicated her work to advancing justice and Roma rights.
E. Tendayi Achiume is the inaugural Alicia Miñana Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria. She is a research associate of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand, and a research associate of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University. She is also the former UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and was the first woman to serve in this role since its creation in 1994.
Loyce Pace is assistant secretary for global affairs at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and a U.S. liaison to the Commission. In her current role, Pace is responsible for advancing the U.S. international health agenda through multilateral and bilateral forums. She serves as U.S. liaison to and oversees HHS’ engagement with foreign governments and international institutions as well policymaking bodies such as the G7, G20, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), and World Health Assembly. Reporting directly to the secretary of Health & Human Services, she is the Office of Global Affairs’ lead on setting priorities and policies that promote American public health agencies and interests worldwide.