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Organizational and Individual Health, Behavior, and Psychology

Much emphasis is placed on unconscious bias, what do we really know about bias and the psychology of racism, and how effective are current interventions? What is the role of health and psychology in racial equity? How can we critically examine social determinants of health and racial trauma and their role in structural racism?

American Educational Research Journal

Moving Beyond A Culture of Niceness in Faculty Hiring to Advance Racial Equity

Introduction Many White-serving educational institutions focus on colorblind or race neutral policies to advance racial equity in faculty hiring. This approach has led to inequitable hiring practices and a lack of racially minoritized faculty. This study aims to interrogate how professors can rethink their organizational culture to advance racial equity in the hiring process. The…

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Community Mental Health Journal

The Self‑assessment for Modification of Anti‑Racism Tool (SMART): Addressing Structural Racism in Community Behavioral Health

Introduction Since the tragic murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, many healthcare organizations have created initiatives to promote anti-racism; these initiatives have ranged from organizational anti-racism statements to Black Lives Matters lanyards to the development of numerous anti-racism taskforces. In this research article, the authors seek to move beyond these more symbolic forms of…

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Journal of General Internal Medicine

A Roadmap and Best Practices for Organizations to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care

Organizations can do more than report health disparities by integrating interventions to reduce disparities into their quality improvement processes. Introduction In this special symposium, the authors report findings from Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This project investigated and evaluated interventions to reduce racial and ethnic…

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The New England Journal of Medicine

How Structural Racism Works — Racist Policies as a Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities

Introduction The Black Lives Matter movement has put the spotlight on the costly impact of racism on Black lives and led to a growing recognition that racism has a structural basis and is embedded in long-standing social policy. Racism is not ahistorical and neither are U.S. health care and public health institutions and practices. Drs.…

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Science

The ecological and evolutionary consequences of systemic racism in urban environments

Introduction Cities are important ecosystems shaped by dynamic and interdependent biological, physical and social influences. However, Schell et al. note that few studies link research on urban ecological and evolutionary studies to that of social inequality. They argue it is integral to integrate these disciplines as human-created systems of power create uneven impacts on non-human…

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Translational Issues in Psychological Science

The Importance of Intersectionality for Research on the Sexual Harassment of Black Queer Women at Work

Introduction The #MeToo movement has sparked a global conversation about sexual harassment, giving researchers a rare opportunity to advance scholarship on a topic of wide public interest. However, most sexual harassment research describes a narrow group of people: white, cisgender, and heterosexual women. The dearth of literature on sexual harassment experienced by Black women, and…

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National Bureau of Economic Research

Persuasion in Medicine: Messaging to Increase Vaccine Demand

Introduction Despite the demonstrated benefits of preventive medicine, only 45% of American adults typically get a flu shot during flu season. Vaccine hesitancy is particularly common among Black and white lower socioeconomic status men, who don’t trust doctors and are skeptical of the benefits relative to the perceived risk. For Black Americans, this mistrust is…

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American Psychologist

Implicit Organizational Bias: Mental Health Treatment Culture and Norms as Barriers to Engaging with Diversity

Introduction BIPOC communities face many structural barriers to accessing mental health care. To reduce this health disparity and better serve multicultural populations, many providers are turning to person-centered care. Person-centered care is intended to improve quality of care by centering the patient’s values, preferences, and goals in collaboratively designed care plans. Although this approach has…

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Children and Youth Services Review

The persistent effect of race and the promise of alternatives to suspension in school discipline outcomes

Introduction School discipline policies and practices disproportionately affect Black students, who are more likely to be suspended or expelled compared to their white peers. Studies have shown that these disciplinary disparities are linked to levels of racial bias, and reflect disproportionate use of such practices on Black students. Black students are then differentially processed for…

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Current Directions in Psychological Science

Making Advantaged Racial Groups Care About Inequality: Intergroup Contact as a Route to Psychological Investment

Introduction Members of advantaged racial groups have historically denied or minimized the existence of racial inequality in the United States and other countries. Existing research has extensively analyzed the incentives and motivations behind why advantaged racial groups resist acknowledging the existence or scale of racial inequality. Some of those motivations include fear of losing privileged…

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