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.


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Inequality Kills Us All

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

Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 pm PT, online


BEFORE joining the discussion:

1. Please listen to this radio show: 

About Health with host RN Rona Renner and guest Stephen Bezruchka

Monday: February 13, 10:40 AM PT, or online at KPFA Radio
After Monday, you can listen to the show online at your leisure.


2.  Please read this article by Bezruchka: “Inequality is literally killing us: The most unequal societies suffer most in public health metrics”

3. If you have the time, please also read his outstanding 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 is a graduate of Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford universities. He teaches courses in population health in the Departments of Health Systems and Population Health and of Global Health as faculty in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He worked clinically as a doctor for 35 years including three decades as an emergency physician.  He spent over 11 years in Nepal, writing the first trekking guide to that country, running a community health project a week’s walk from the road, training Nepali doctors in a remote district hospital, and advancing concepts of population health. He created the Population Health Forum in 1997. He serves on the board of directors of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and works with its Economic Inequity Health Task Force.



November, 2022:

October 2022:

May 2022:

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

April 2022:

March 2022:

February 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.