Expert Perspectives

Perspectives from subject matter experts on the effect racism has on the health and well-being of individuals.

Richard E. Besser, MD

Dr. Richard E. Besser shares his perspective on reimagining how we think about, collect, and act on public health data. And it must begin by centering equity in these efforts to eliminate racist systems and structures.

Georges Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin speaks about the need to eliminate health disparities and address social determinants of health to both enhance our health as well as serve as a barrier to equal health. It is important that we reimagine and work towards a health system that works for everyone.

Helene Gayle

Dr. Gayle shares her perspective on the inescapable reality which is racism, and its many manifestations, that persist through our Nation. It is time for public health organizations around the country to actively work to diversify the nation’s public health workforce to find effective solutions to the nation’s health challenges.

DISCLAIMER: The “Expert Perspectives” forum invites contributors from throughout the public health community to share their thoughts and opinions on a range of issues related to health equity. The views, conclusions and opinions expressed in “Expert Perspectives,” are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the authors’ affiliated institutions.

Page last reviewed: November 22, 2021