Webinar: Health Equity and Racism as a Public Health Crisis

The 2nd webinar in the Public Policy Institute series will be held on June 30 at 11am and is titled: “Franklin County Public Health Case Study: Health Equity and Racism as a Public Health Crisis”. Registration is open at: https://www.mitrainingcenter.org/courses/opp2w0620

This webinar will explore the health equity efforts of Franklin County Public Health in Ohio. Presenters will discuss challenges and lessons learned from the Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis and a Health Equity in All Policies framework

The Public Policy Institute 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

1.     Discuss the need for creating a Racism as a Public Health Crisis Declaration and implementing a health equity focused policy within a health department 

2.     Identify challenges in creating a Racism as a Public Health Crisis Declaration and putting health equity policies into practice

3.     Describe strategies to address the challenges in health equity policy work


Alex Jones, MS, RN, CPHAssistant Health Commissioner and Director of Prevention and Wellness at Franklin County Public Health

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

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

Continuing Education Credit

Participation in the course is free. CNE and CHES are free.

*NOTE: If you’re seeking CHES credits and a CHES certificate, you will receive instructions from the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA) AFTER the webinar.

  • 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours (no expiration for live webinar)
  • Certificate of Completion

The Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education 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.