Health Equity

Health Equity and the Role of Racism-Conscious Policymaking, in Collaboration with Health Affairs

A Conversation with Shekinah A. Fashaw-Walters, PhD, Raynard Washington, PhD, MPH, Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH, moderated by Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET October 6, 2023 Virtual Event

Co-hosted with

Policy makers have focused on advancing health equity using race-neutral and race-conscious policy, but large racial disparities persist. An alternative approach is using racism-conscious policymaking. Penn LDI and Health Affairs‘ virtual seminar, offered in connection with Health Affairs’ October issue on structural racism, explored the possibility of racism-conscious policy, the recent Supreme Court decision’s effect on race-conscious policies, and the tools available to policy makers seeking to provide everyone with a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.


Shekinah Fashaw-Walters

Shekinah A. Fashaw-Walters, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota

Raynard Washington

Raynard Washington, PhD, MPH

Director, Mecklenburg County Public Health Department

Ruqaiijah Yearby

Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH

Professor, Health Law, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Atheendar Venkataramani

Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD (moderator)

Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Director, Opportunity for Health Lab, Perelman School of Medicine