You’ve seen headlines covering the latest healthcare policies and heard the calls for public health reform but the reality is that many in our community, especially those from marginalized communities, face unique and additional barriers to medical care, regardless of advances in treatment and care for many. Join Seattle CityClub on Friday, November 5 and Friday, November 12, as we explore the consequences of racism in our public health systems and innovative solutions to address it. Community experts and healthcare professionals will discuss how racism impacts public health, the role of anti-racism education, outreach and legislation, along with specific and actionable strategies that communities and individuals can adopt in order to step away from a standard of healthcare for some towards a more equitable future of “Healthcare for All.”

This is the first part in a two part series. On Friday, November 12th, speakers from community-based healthcare organizations will discuss their direct experience with racism in community health programs and how they address it. In this program on November 5th, speakers will address:

  • How racism impact community members’ health
  • Why anti-racism education and outreach efforts are important to counteract those impacts
  • How the University of Washington’s new Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health will partner with organizations across the state to address health equity.
  • How Seattle Central’s Health Education Center will train the next generation of health practitioners to recognize and address racism in their work
  • How Public Health Seattle/King County supports community-based organizations through education and policies
  • How we (as a community and individually) can promote health equity

The program will run for 1 hour with a post-panel 30-minute, small group breakout session so that participants can interact directly with the speakers. The panel will be recorded and made available to the public a week after the final event in the series.


  • Wendy Barrington, Director, Center for Anti-Racism and Community Health, University of Washington
  • Barry Robinson, PhD, Executive Dean, PE, Healthcare & Human Services Division, Seattle Central Health Education Center at Pacific Tower
  • Mariel Torres-Mehdipour, Deputy Equity Officer, Seattle/King County Public Health, Equity and Community Partnership
  • Enrique Cerna (Moderator), Senior Correspondent, Crosscut/KCTS9 (retired)


  • Pay what you can levels: $20, $40 and $75
  • Free tickets are available to all , no questions asked
  • Donations welcome
  • Note: Registration is for this program only. Please register separately for the other session(s).

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