Event Details

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Workshop – Confronting Racism Denial: Tools for Naming Racism and Moving to Action

May 19, 2022
Online only

Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific

REGISTRATION: As of May 11, event registration is full. Please email Marie Hubbard to be notified when the event recording becomes available. Note: This recording will include the presentation portion of the event only.


Racism is a major driver of health inequities in the United States. This workshop — hosted by Healthforce Center at UCSF as part of its 30th anniversary and in partnership with the California Improvement Network (CIN) and Cedars-Sinai Managing to Leading (M2L) — will focus on naming racism as an essential tool for moving to action to advance racial health equity.

Hear remarks from Healthforce Director Sunita Mutha, MD, on why this work is crucial and how Healthforce Center, and its partners, are advancing health equity. Then learn from Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, a family physician, epidemiologist, past president of the American Public Health Association, and current UCSF Presidential Chair, about strategies for dismantling racism in health care.

This workshop is intended for health and social services leaders (broadly defined as those contributing to the health of communities) who want to better understand how racism impacts health and well-being and who are eager to take positive actions to combat the negative health impacts of racism.


Achieving racial equity requires (1) valuing all individuals and populations equally, (2) recognizing and rectifying historical injustices, and (3) providing resources according to need.

Racism is a huge roadblock to achieving racial equity in the United States, yet many people are in staunch denial of its continued existence and its profoundly negative impacts on the health and well-being of the nation. Even those who acknowledge that racism exists sometimes feel ill-equipped to say the word “racism” out loud or take action to address it.

In this workshop, Dr. Jones will share allegories, definitions, frameworks, and analytic tools for understanding and acting on four key messages:

  1. Racism exists.
  2. Racism is a system.
  3. Racism saps the strength of the whole society.
  4. We can act to dismantle racism.

Workshop Structure

This 2.5-hour workshop will be divided into three segments, and after each there will be an opportunity for vigorous discussion:

  • Framing the work: Anti-racism as a legitimate health intervention
  • Naming racism: Communication tools for confronting racism denial
  • Moving to action: Levers for intervention and the power of collective action

Dr. Jones aims to inspire participants to engage in a sustained National Campaign Against Racism, recognizing that anti-racism is a process with three sequential yet iterative tasks: (1) name racism, (2) ask “How is racism operating here?”, and (3) organize and strategize to act.

After participating in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three dimensions of health intervention using a Cliff Analogy
  • Name the three impacts of racism as a system
  • Illustrate three levels of racism with a Gardener’s Tale allegory
  • Use the question “How is racism operating here?” to identify levers for anti-racism intervention in our structures, policies, practices, norms, and values

About the Workshop Supporters

This workshop is hosted by Healthforce Center at UCSF in partnership with the California Improvement Network (CIN) and the Cedars-Sinai Managing to Leading (M2L) program. CIN is a project of the California Health Care Foundation and managed by Healthforce Center at UCSF. M2L is sponsored by Cedars-Sinai and managed by Healthforce Center.

Healthforce Center is dedicated to helping health care organizations drive and navigate change. This workshop will celebrate Healthforce Center’s 30th anniversary. For three decades, we have been committed to advancing health equity, developing health leaders, and examining the health care workforce in support of more effective health care and more equitable health outcomes. Learn more about Healthforce Center.

The California Improvement Network (CIN) is a community of health care professionals committed to identifying and spreading ideas for better primary care delivery. Learn more about CIN and join the network.

The Managing to Leading (M2L) program is a transformative leadership development program for mid-level clinicians and administrative staff from eligible community health centers in Los Angeles. Learn more.