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Conversation With Parents on Race Can Improve Black Adolescents' Mental Health

Q&A with Riana Elyse Anderson

Black parents' experiences of racial discrimination can negatively affect their children's psychological outcomes—but talking about these experiences and improving racial socialization competency could help prevent these negative outcomes, according to a new study by a University of Michigan researcher. Read more

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Marc Zimmerman Appointed Co-Director of Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention

Marc Zimmerman, the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor of Public Health and professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, will serve as co-director of the newly established Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention. The University of Michigan presidential initiative was first developed in 2019 and will work to address the epidemic of firearm violence in the US. Read more

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5 Tips From Mental Health Experts on Transitioning Out of COVID Restrictions

Riana Anderson featured in PBS News

With vaccines widely available and case numbers dropping, cities around the U.S. are dropping restrictions and focusing on “getting back to normal” for the summer. But for many — after more than a year in isolation — “normal” feels scary. Experts say we need to talk more about what transitioning to a more open society will be like — and what our new normal will be like. Read more

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Structural Racism Is Not an Exemption from Accountability

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.” Read more

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Faculty Team Hopes to Galvanize Anti-Racism in Public Health Education

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. Read more