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OPHA Public Policy Institute Series #1 - Racism as a Public Health Crisis (On Demand-CE) is a Course

OPHA Public Policy Institute Series #1 - Racism as a Public Health Crisis (On Demand-CE)

Started Mar 2, 2021
1 credit


Full course description

CE and a certificate of completion are free.

The Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) Public Policy Institute two-part series will explore the many ways that institutional racism has diminished life and health outcomes for communities of color. Increased infant and maternal mortality rates; escalating incidence of heart disease, diabetes and stroke; proximity to environmental pollutants; low wage employment opportunities; substandard schools; and a disproportionate share of the incarcerated population are just some of the challenges a person of color must contend with while striving to be successful.


Public health professionals in governmental agencies, as well as public health and health practitioners in all settings, including nurses, health educators, managers, policy developers and/or advocates, etc.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the role racism plays in determining health outcomes in communities of color
  • Identify the ways in which state and local legislation impact health and equity issues
  • Discuss how public policy work can build lasting coalitions that provide knowledge and skills across differing racial, cultural, and ethnic communities
  • Describe successful efforts for integrating health and equity considerations into public policy decision-making


Kierra S. Barnett, PhD, MPH, Racial and Health Equity Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University

Annie Ross-Womack, Executive Director, Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association

Theresa Seagraves, MPA, BS, Assistant Health Commissioner and Director of the Division of Health Systems and Planning at Franklin County Public Health

Rep. Erica Crawley, JD, MPA, Ohio House of Representatives

Moderator - Robert Jennings, BS, National Public Health Information Coalition

Continuing Education Credit

CE and certificate are free.

  • 1.0 CHES Category I CECH (Areas of Responsibility: 1.4.3, 7.3.1, 7.3.5, 7.3.7)*
  • 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours (Expires July 31, 2023)
  • 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.

The Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health 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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