Structural Determinants and Racial Health Equity: Theory, Measurement, and Action

Concurrent Sessions 1: 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Tuesday, September 21, 2021

This session will include a discussion of the theory and measurement of structural racism and its population health impact, focusing on policy levers to address and mitigate health disparities. In particular, the contribution of housing, education, and criminal justice policies to the creation and perpetuation of racial health disparities will be discussed. The session will conclude with a call to action for public health practitioners and policymakers to explicitly consider the impact of social policies on health equity.


  • Cason Schmit


  • Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Shivani Mantha, Special Projects Coordinator, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Mary Crossley, University Of Pittsburgh