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Dr. Sharrelle Barber will present on the deadly consequences of racism that have been on full display during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using Fannie Lou Hamer's life and activism as an entry point, the talk will explore data on racial inequities in Black communities and discuss ways the field of public health can advance antiracism scholarship and solutions beyond the pandemic.
Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH is a social epidemiologist and scholar-activist whose research focuses on the intersection of “place, race, and health” and examines the role of structural racism in shaping health and racial/ethnic health inequities among Blacks in the United States and Brazil. Through her empirical work, she seeks to document how racism becomes "embodied" through the neighborhood context and how this fundamental structural determinant of racial health inequities can be leveraged for transformative change to advance anti-racism solutions.
Dr. Barber currently serves as the director of the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity, which launched on November 11, 2021. The Ubuntu Center’s mission is to unite diverse partners to generate and translate evidence, accelerate antiracism solutions, and transform the health of communities locally, nationally, and globally.