Multiracial Health Equity: a Theoretically-grounded Pathway Forward

Racism is theorized to be a fundamental cause of health disparities. However, research and advocacy primarily center on the experience of monoracial (single-race) populations of color. The multiracial population is the fastest-growing racial-ethnic group in the US, increasing 36% in size from 2010-2020. Multiracial people experience a significantly greater prevalence of heart diseases, asthma, obesity, hopeless feelings, and serious psychological distress compared to monoracial people. This presentation will center monoracism in describing a theoretically grounded pathway forward for multiracial health equity, research, and advocacy.

Tracy Lam-Hine

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate

UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Tracy Lam-Hine (he/him) is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and also works as an Epidemiologist at the Marin County, CA Health Department. Tracy's research focuses on racism and health, epidemiologic methods, and multiracial Americans. In particular, he is interested in understanding the determinants of cardiovascular, respiratory, and mental health disparities between multiracial and monoracial populations, and uses frameworks from critical race theory (CRT) and critical mixed-race studies (CMRS) to approach new ways of conceptualizing epidemiologic risks among multiracial people. Tracy is committed to increasing awareness of unacknowledged and unaddressed health inequities facing multiracial people in the US, and advocating for the abolition of biologic conceptions of race in public health, medicine, and health sciences.

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES®

Professor and Director, Public Health Program

University of Indianapolis

Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, CHES® has been a university faculty member and researcher for approximately 16 years, the last 14 of those at the University of Indianapolis where she is a professor and director of the Public Health Program. She has practiced in the field for more than 20 years, including work in the areas of community disease prevention and worksite health. Her areas of expertise include health policy and advocacy, program evaluation, and evidence-based health promotion. Health advocacy has always been her main passion, with the majority of her publications and professional presentations on the topic. Heidi has provided professional service as the Board Trustee for Advocacy & Resolutions for SOPHE (2019-2021), serves on the SOPHE Advocacy Committee, is the SOPHE delegate to the Coalitions of National Health Education Organizations, is a member of the Top 10 Steering Committee, and previously served as the director of Indiana SOPHE Advocacy for two terms. Heidi started a chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma at the University of Indianapolis in 2019 and continues to serve as co-sponsor of the organization. She engages with community organizations such as the Indiana Minority Health Coalition as an outside evaluator and uses her advocacy skills to promote health equity and social justice every chance provided.

Samantha Mundt, BS, CHES®

Master of Public Health Graduate Assistant

University of Indianapolis

Samantha Mundt is a student at the University of Indianapolis. She completed her undergraduate degree in Public Health Education & Promotion in August of 2021 and will finish her Masters in Public Health the following year. In her time at UIndy, Samantha has served as president of the Epsilon Psi Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma and held internships with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, the Hoosier Environmental Council, & Connections IN Health. She also serves as the University of Indianapolis’ Collegiate Champion for SOPHE and as of January 2021 she has become the Student Representative for InSOPHE. Samantha’s interests are in health education and promotion, health administration, health policy & advocacy, and non-profit writing & editing.

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