Health Equity Symposia

OHSU staff, students and members of the public welcome

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on health disparities in our society. BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color) communities are getting sick and dying at far higher rates than whites. Yet this is simply one example of persistent, systemic inequities caused by institutional racism. They exist in health, education, wealth and the criminal justice system. As the state’s academic health center, OHSU has a duty and responsibility to address the underlying causes of adverse health outcomes.

Speaking truth to power in resistance to systemic disparities is part of OHSU’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist and multi-cultural institution. As President Danny Jacobs has said, “silence and inaction have led our society to where we are today and can no longer be tolerated going forward.”

An online event series will amplify efforts to improve health equity in our state. Health care providers and public health researchers have well-established partnerships with members of BIPOC communities, and are beginning to untangle and reverse disparities.

Join OHSU employees and students as we collectively learn about positive change underway in our neighborhoods.

Upcoming events

Anti-racism and Health Equity Futures: (Re)Imagining the Next Generation

Wednesday, Dec. 2, noon - 1 p.m.

Register to attend or add this event to your calendar (registration is not required to attend)
The event livestream link will be posted here when available

Social justice is the bedrock of public health. Students and faculty members in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health bring this value to the center of what they do. Their work has been essential this year – with the thunderous cry for racial justice and the COVID-19 pandemic being just two areas of response.

Learn how anti-racism and health equity are helping to train tomorrow’s public health activists, and how students are holding the school accountable along the way.


  • Dawn M. Richardson, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
    Associate Dean for Social Justice
    Associate Professor


  • Jonathan Snowden, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Ryan Petteway, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
    Assistant Professor
  • Kalera Stratton
    Graduate Student
  • Taurica Salmon
    Graduate Student

Event archive

What Is Health Equity and Why Is it Important to OHSU?

The first event – held Oct. 28, 2020, and available online – helped define health equity.

Panelists discussed the financial and economic consequences of health inequity, structural racism and COVID-19, and the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate care.