When Systems Damage People: Anti-Racism Lessons for Battling the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD | April 26, 2023 | 1-3pm ET


Equity Upstream Lecture 1:  (April 26, 2023)

This lecture by Dr. Camara Jones is the keynote lecture in the Equity Upstream Spring Lecture Series that Mid-State Health Network (MSHN) launched in April 2023 to increase awareness and understanding of health disparities in the national overdose epidemic. The Equity Upstream initiative focuses on upstream structural issues—systemic racism, implicit bias, access barriers and others—and seeks to catalyze action to increase equity in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services, access, quality of care and outcomes for historically underserved populations. Dr. Jones’ presentation took place on April 26, 2023, via Zoom from King’s College, London, England

jones.pngDr. Camara Phyllis Jones is a renowned family physician, epidemiologist, and past president of the American Public Health Association whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the United States and the world. She is currently a Leverhulme Visiting Professor in an Adjunct Professor at Emory University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Jones has past academic appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was a Presidential Visiting Fellow at Yale University’s School of Medicine, and most recently was the 2021-2022 Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Francisco. She was a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for 14 years and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Jones earned her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.


Other Lectures in the Series

Haner Hernandez, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI –​ Building Health Equity: A Social Justice Approach to the Opioid Epidemic in Hispanic/Latiné Communities (Master Trainer, Addiction Technology Transfer Center) & panelists: Dr. Isabel Montemayor-Vazquez, Feliz Rodriguez, & José Salinas

Donald Warne, MD, MPH –​​​​ Culturally Based Approaches to Addiction & Recovery in Indigenous Communities (Director, John Hopkins’ Center for Indigenous Health) & panelists: David Garcia, Hunter Genia, & Anna Winters

Larke Huang, PhD – Racial & Ethnic Disparities in the Opioid Crisis: A Perspective from SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity (Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA) & panelists: Dr. Allison Lin & Dr. Lara Coughlin (UofM’s Dept of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine)