Webinar #4 | Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, CPH, Robert Murphy, MEd, and Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Across this country, more than 50 million students will attend public elementary and high schools this fall. Yet only two-thirds of African American and fewer than three-quarters of Latino students will graduate on time. Also, more than half of all students attending public school live in poverty.
Barriers to high school graduation are a key public health concern because high school graduation is a leading indicator of healthy adult behaviors and health status.
APHA Past President Adewale Troutman led this discussion on the significance of high school graduation to health disparities. And Robert Murphy, former teacher, assistant principal and dropout prevention specialist, examined how current policies and practices in educational systems disproportionately impact students of color and ultimately contribute to disproportionate dropout rates. APHA President-Elect Camara Jones will spoke about residential segregation, the educational achievement gap and action steps related to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Join public health leaders as they examine their role in providing the leadership to improve high school graduation rates and dismantling the policies and practices that undermine educational success and health.