Virtual Event: Racism as a public health crisis

Wednesday 8 July 2020   14:00 to 15:30


Adebusuyi Adeyemi, Dr Adwoa Danso, Dr Helena Hansen, Dr Monica Vela, Dr Noon Altijani

A panel of experts of colour in medicine and public health from the UK and US will discuss racism’s historic and pervasive effects on population health, and how racist structures embedded into social systems and medical practice can be remedied going forward. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr Noon Altijani, a physician, Green Templeton DPhil candidate and population health expert studying maternal mortality in Sudan.

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About the Speakers:

Adebusuyi (Ade) Adeyemi is director of the Chatham House African Public Health Leaders Fellowship and founder and Managing Director of, an international health jobs platform that helps bring hundreds of overseas health professionals to the UK. Ade also sits on the Executive Committee of the NHS BME Network & is a member of the Davos World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community of leaders.

Dr Adwoa Danso is a GP in London, a board member of the Ghanaian Doctors and Dentists Association UK and a resident doctor on GN Radio UK. Her work promoting community health awareness and shining a light on medical discrimination on her social media platform The Clinic Diaries has led to her writing for Women’s Health and Cosmopolitan Magazine, and she recently received the Health and Wellbeing Advocate 2019 award at the National BAME Health and Social Care Awards.

Dr Helena Hansen is a joint-appointed Associate Professor of anthropology and psychiatry at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. She is one of the leaders of a national movement called Structural Competency, aimed at training clinical practitioners to address social determinants of health. She has conducted extensive research in community-based health movements and the ethnic marketing of pharmaceuticals, as well as the historical and contemporary political-economic forces shaping the treatment and stigmatisation of opiate addiction in the United States.

Dr Monica Vela is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Within the School’s curriculum, Dr Vela piloted an innovative course on healthcare disparities, one of few in the nation. Her research interests involve medical education on health disparities, care of patient populations with limited English proficiency, and increasing diversity within the medical profession. She maintains a clinical practice in primary care and mentors junior faculty whose research addresses healthcare disparities on Chicago’s South Side. Dr Vela has directed three pipeline programs to promote involvement of minority students within scientific research and the wider health profession.

About the Facilitator:

Dr Noon Altijani is a DPhil candidate based at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, researching maternal mortality in Sudan in order to develop provider-based maternal death review tools. Prior to Oxford, Noon studied for an MBBS at Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. Upon graduation, Noon worked in areas of clinical medicine, population health research, and community engagement in Sudan, South Africa, and the United States of America.

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