Racial Equity Reading Group

In 2023, we will be hosting four discussions in February, April, September, and November with authors and leaders in racial equity.

To join please RSVP below.
All are welcome (not just health professionals).

You’re invited to learn more about issues of racial equity, particularly as they relate to the fields of public health and medicine. The discussions are open to anyone (not just health professionals) seeking to deepen their personal understanding of issues related to systemic racism and strengthen their commitment toward creating a more just, equitable, and healthy world.

Our hearts go out to Tyre Nichols’ family and friends, and to all those who have lost loved ones by gun and police violence. This discussion series is also part of our ongoing commitment to address the public health emergencies of gun and police violence, particularly toward African-Americans who are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people.


Wednesday, April 12, 6pm PT: In lieu of our usual RERG meeting, we will be hosting a panel of experts to talk about how our tax dollars could be invested less in the military and more in human needs. Please see our EVENTS page for details.

Thursday, September 7, evening, at Medicine for Nightmares bookstore in the Mission, in-person event! More info coming.

Thursday, November 2 or 9, to be confirmed: REPAIR Project . More info coming.



Inequality Kills Us All: Discussion with Stephen Bezruchka
author of Inequality Kills Us All: COVID-19’s Health Lessons for the World

KPFA RADIO SHOW: About Health with host RN Rona Renner and guest Stephen Bezruchka

ARTICLE: “Inequality is literally killing us: The most unequal societies suffer most in public health metrics”
BOOK: You can buy it at this link or ask your local library for a copy: Inequality Kills Us All: COVID-19’s Health Lessons for the World, published by Routledge.
Stephen Bezruchka’s WEBSITE



MAY 2022:

We discussed an article and a video regarding Paul Farmer’s book:

APRIL 2022:

MARCH 2022:


 “Structural Racism In Historical and Modern US Health Care Policy”


Special Events! SEPTEMBER 2021: PART 1

Join SF Bay PSR and City Lights Bookstore for the launch of Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine, by Jim Downs in conversation with Allyson Hobbs, and join our discussion on Sept 30, see below.


Join us for a special discussion of Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine

Please support your local bookstore.


Discussion of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice led by Dr. Rupa Marya

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, by Dr. Rupa Marya and Raj Patel

Special Events! AUGUST 2021: PART 1

City Lights Bookstore in collaboration with SF Bay PSR hosted a book launch for Dr. Rupa Marya, UCSF, and Raj Patel’s new book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, and join our discussion on August 25, see below.

CHECK here for City Lights Bookstore’s YouTube channel to view the recording, coming soon

MAY 2021:

SB 17: This bill would establish a California State Office of Racial Equity and direct state agencies to implement the Racial Equity Framework to address environmental justice and health inequity issues. READ the text of the bill here.

APRIL 2021: PART 2:

Book: Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility, by Dorceta E. Taylor, New York University Press

Please consider purchasing books directly from the publisher or from your LOCAL BOOKSTORE to help protect creative diversity, or via Bookshop.org which gives a percentage of every sale back to independent bookstores.

MARCH 2021: PART 1:

JANUARY 2021: Articles on trustworthiness before trust and Black communitys’ vaccine hesitancy

NOVEMBER 2020: Articles on the ue of race in clinical algorithms.


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For more information about SF Bay PSR’s racial, social, and environmental justice efforts please visit our Social Justice and Advocacy Tools pages.