On July 24, 2023, CCL researcher Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins represented CCL’s Latinx/Hispanic ERG and moderated a panel for UnidosUS 2023 Conference called, “Untangling Racism’s Effects on Health.” The panel focused on understanding structural racism as a fundamental contributor to health inequities affecting policies and practices in housing, education, immigration, environment, employment, and other social determinants of health. This discussion explored the impact of structural and interpersonal racism as a public health issue, attempt to challenge the notion of a homogenous Latino identity, while celebrating the diversity of the community. By reclaiming our lived experiences and narrative, this discussion equipped participants with strategies and tools to dismantle harmful, racist, and oppressive policies and practices that hinder the ability to live healthy lives and thrive in a multicultural society.

Conference agenda