What do these words mean for health?
Dismantle. Defund. Decolonise. We often hear these words across different disciplines, in the news and on our social media feeds. Join us as we interrogate these terms and how they translate into practices for improving health.
Mother, activist, traditional birthkeeper, land and water defender and freedom fighter. Kanahus is Secwepemc and Ktunaxa, born into a political family known for bringing their fight for their traditional territories into the international spotlight, and is a member of the Secwepemc Women Warrior Society. Kanahus’ activism also includes prison justice work, including advocacy for the freedom and exoneration of Orlando Watley. (she/her)
Dr Rhea Boyd
Paediatrician, Public Health Advocate and Scholar. Rhea teaches and writes on the relationships between racism, inequity, and health. Rhea works clinically and has a scholarly focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. Rhea partners with San Diego 211, working with navigators to address the social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. Rhea is the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access for children and youth across California. (she/her)
PhD Candidate, Health Systems and Policy Research Division, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town. Lance is a health policy and systems scholar with a particular interest in queer & decolonial theory and praxis. They are PhD candidate and senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in South Africa (Tekano). Their PhD explores health systems responsiveness to queer users in primary health care settings. Lance’s teaching, advocacy and grassroot activism includes working with Sex Workers Education and Advocacy TaskForce (SWEAT) to advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and they serve as a board member of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition (SRJC) where they champion rights and access to health for sex workers, queer people and people with intersecting marginality. Lance contributes to national and global policy and implementation processes where they use creative participatory methodologies to facilitate local, national and global advocacy spaces to foster transformative approaches to achieve health equity. (they/them/theirs)
Dr Kui Muraya
Gender and health systems researcher, IDeAL Fellow (Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders)
Kui Muraya is one of Race & Health’s academics and will be facilitating the webinar. Kui is a gender & health systems researcher based at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP), Kenya and a fellow of the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL). She is currently the principal investigator of a participatory study exploring gender and societal norms that influence male engagement in child health and nutrition within urban informal settlements; with the aim of co-creating a context-specific, feasible, and scalable male engagement intervention package for improved and more responsive health service delivery. She has also co-led a multi country study exploring gender and leadership within health systems in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa; and continues to support intersectionality analyses of data produced from this work. (she/her)
How do we move beyond COVID-19 in a way that addresses the impact of racism, xenophobia and discrimination on health?
Join us for the launch of Race & Health on 11 June. We’ll be discussing this very question with our panel and our community.
The webinar is available to view on our Youtube Channel.
UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance/Professor of Law @ UCLA School of Law. (she/her)
Award winning independent science journalist and author. (she/her)
Lead, Race & Health
Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Health and Public Health Consultant, University College London. (he/him)
Founder & Team Lead, Knit Together Initiative (KTI), Nigeria.
120Under40 winner, 2017 - New Generation of Family Planning Leaders
Youth Advisory Panel, UNFPA Nigeria. (she/her)