Q&A with Yamiche Alcindor: Public Health and Social Justice

Yamiche Alcindor

Ahead of Thursday’s Future of Public Health event at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we’re offering Q&As with each of the writers who will be speaking. Up today: A Q&A with Yamiche Alcindor, a national political reporter for the New York Times who also produces videos on human trafficking, gun violence and poverty, by Brian W. Simpson, GHN's editor-in-chief.

What will you be talking about at What’s Next? The Future of Public Health?
I will be discussing social and racial justice issues impacting poverty rates, police killings, and trauma in cities across the United States. I’ll be discussing the roots of inequalities, the dehumanization of vulnerable populations and how communities’ futures will be tied the steps taken by public health officials and political figures.

What do most people not realize about the issue you’ll discuss?
I think most people don’t realize how much trauma exists in urban communities and how that trauma plays out in public policies, in policing strategies and in health care options. Often, people use the term institutional racism and bias but may not fully understand how that impacts every day life for people across classes.

What should the global public health community be doing now in this issue to prepare for the future?
The public health community should be seeking to understand how their roles might impact social justice issues such as the level of care communities receive and how these issues are discussed in the political system. They might consider not only how to alleviate inequalities but how to learn how those inequalities are replicating themselves.

Details for What’s Next? The Future of Public Health

  • The event begins at 1 p.m. sharp and will end at 3 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016
  • Live webcast (The event is sold out; please watch the live webcast.) 
  • #FutureOfPublicHealth

See also GHN’s Q&A’s with Sonia Shah, author of the new book Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond and Laura Sullivan, an award-winning NPR News investigative correspondent whose work has cast a light on some of the country's most disadvantaged people. Julie Rovner, the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News and author of “Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z,” will moderate the event.

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