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How to be Anti-Racist in the Everyday Practice of Public Health (CE)

1.25 credits


Full course description

CE and certificate of completion are free.

Each day, we have opportunities to fight racism and bias in our work in public health. From our hiring practices to microaggressions that occur in internal meetings to the data we collect to the policies we influence, enact, and enforce — racism and bias impact all facets of public health. Studies show that this ultimately causes a negative impact on health outcomes and hinders our efforts to reduce racial inequities in health.

Through a hypothetical case study, following the day of a local public health practitioner, this training explores: 1) The myriad ways that racism and bias can be operationalized in the everyday practice of public health; 2) Why being explicit about microaggressions, bias, and racism is foundational to eliminating racial health disparities; and 3) Practical strategies for addressing racism, bias, and microaggressions as essential aspects of everyday practice in public health.


Public health professionals across disciplines including but not limited to health educators, nurses, administrators, environmental health workers, community health workers, etc.

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of the educational activity, participants will self-report knowledge gain of racial equity principles and strategies for application using a 4-point Likert scale.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural racism
  • Identify strategies to address microaggressions 
  • Use a structural/root cause analysis to understand how laws, regulations, and policies create health and racial inequities
  • Describe the importance of applied anti-racism
  • Apply antiracism principles and concepts to the everyday practice of public health


Brittney Butler, PhD, MPH, FXB Health & Human Rights Fellow, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Continuing Education Credit

CE and certificate available for free

  • 1.25 CHES Category I CECH (Areas of Responsibility: 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.6)*
  • 1.25 Nursing Contact Hours (Expires 6/30/25)
  • Certificate of Completion

*We report credits to NCHEC on a quarterly basis: January, April, July, and October.

The Region V Public Health Training Center is a designated provider (ID# 99038) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Region V Public Health Training Center is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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