In February 2021, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) tweeted, “No physician is racist, so how can there be structural racism in health care?” The tweet was designed to promote a podcast that was ostensibly focused on structural racism yet did not include experts on the topic. The subsequent uproar highlighted the harm caused by deep intentional ignorance of the term structural racism, defined in the American Journal of Public Health as “policies and practices…that confer advantages on people considered White and ideologies that maintain these advantages, while simultaneously oppressing other racialized groups.”
As public health faculty passionate about health equity, Melissa Creary and Paul Fleming have spent their careers observing the ways in which racism creates barriers to health for communities. Now, the pair are laying plans to make an impact on public health education through anti-racist teaching, beginning in their own backyard.
Melissa Creary quoted on Michigan Radio
Assistant professor of Health Management and Policy Melissa Creary discusses discrimination among patients in the US health care system.
Melissa Creary featured on King's College London podcast
The question is not whether you will contract the virus, but whether you get sick from the virus, argue Professor Anne Pollock from the King’s Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and Dr Melissa Creary from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.