Impact of Racism on Mental Health

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The tremendous impact of racism on Black and Brown communities has been reaffirmed by recent racial disparities in COVID-19 outcomes. Such disparities are now understood to arise from underlying social factors including living and working conditions, as well as access to health care, rather than biological differences. In other words: racism, and not race, have driven differences in COVID-19 outcomes.

This discrepancy in Covid outcomes has served to add more fuel to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement that arose to the forefront of national attention in 2020. This movement has sparked new conversations, initiatives, and programs focused on addressing racial disparities and ultimately improving quality of life for Black and Brown Americans.
This seminar series was launched with the aim of engaging with and highlighting the work of professionals working at the intersection of racism and public health. Here we hope to provide a platform to amplify the work of individuals whose research aims to help us better understand and navigate the stressors faced by impacted communities.

On September 30th we will focus on how trauma and other stressors, such as those caused by racism, can be passed down through generations via epigenetic markers and provide a biological basis for the propagation of challenges faced by Black and Brown communities.

Speakers and talk titles:

Bianca Jones Marlin, PhD, Principal Investigator at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute

Talk Title: "Sensing trauma: the neurobiology of intergenerational stress"

Danielle Camblard, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Racial Trauma Expert at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Tolland, CT

Talk Title: “Intergenerational Racial Stressor Trauma"
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