Many of the projects run out of the Urban Health Lab address longstanding legacies of structural racism in the US. For example, vacant and blighted spaces in many cities are the result of decades of population loss, disinvestment and decline. These spaces are often in the exact neighborhoods that were redlined between the 1930s-60s. The health consequences are staggering.
Dr. South is also a member of the Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Alliance of Minority Physicians (AMP), a group dedicated to developing leaders in clinical, academic, and community medicine through active recruitment, career development, mentorship, social engagement and community outreach geared towards underrepresented faculty, housestaff and medical students. Through AMP, the Urban Health Lab is active in building an antiracist health system at both Penn Medicine and CHOP.
Building a Culture of Antiracism
After widespread statements of solidarity in support of #BlackLivesMatter, health care leaders are now seeking approaches to translate symbolic gestures into meaningful antiracist action. This paper provides an actionable framework that can be implemented to build a culture of antiracism in health care systems.