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Systemic racism and its impact on health and wellness

In the fifth of 13 interdisciplinary conversations in the “Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America” preceptorial, a panel of Penn experts discussed the wide-ranging impacts of systemic racism on physical and psychological health. The virtual discussion led by Michael Delli Carpini of Penn’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Paideia Program highlighted racial health disparities and policies that could support a more equitable future.

Panelists included Chief Wellness Officer Benoit Dubé; Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives and Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor; PIK Professor Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; Jennifer Prah Ruger, Amartya Sen Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy at SP2; and Eugenia South, assistant professor of emergency medicine and faculty director of the Urban Health Lab.