Racism is a Public Health Issue

Live Interactive Webinar 
Instructor: Eunju Lee, M.S.W., LCSW, APHSW-C, MSOD 
Level: Intermediate 
CEs: 2
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers working in palliative care.
Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction: Live interactive webinar with discussion. Instructor will use lecture, large group discussion and clinical case discussion. Attendees are visible to one another in Zoom meeting and are encouraged to be active participants with their camera and/or microphone in order take part in discussion. Login information will be emailed to all program participants a week before the fall and spring sessions.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software.

Recognizing the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism as public health challenges, especially for communities of color, this course will examine the impact of racism at the intersection of healthcare. The aim of the course is to engage students in critical thinking about the deep historical roots of white supremacy in the U.S. and in medicine; the implicit ways in which this history is embedded in present healthcare and society; and strategies to build and adapt anti-racist clinical social work practice. It seeks to challenge students to critically reflect on their positionality in structures of white culture and Western biomedicine, and thereby equip them with a conscious awareness of how to address the collective trauma of racism in healthcare.

Learning Objectives:

1.    Explain the history of white supremacy in the United States, the health care system and its current impact on historically marginalized communities.

2.    Describe the historical roots of palliative and hospice care in the United States, delineating the Western Biomedical model, its cultural and epistemological assumptions and biases, and examine its impact on marginalized communities.

3.    Practice seeing through the lens of anti-racism and identify ways of working beyond the traditional biomedical, biopsychosocial models of care through structural competency, cultural humility, and trauma-informed awareness. 


  • History of white supremacy in the U.S.
  • Racism in medicine and palliative care
  • Intersection of dual pandemics of racism and palliative care
  • Strategies to build and adapt anti-racist clinical social work practice
Eunju Lee smiles at the camera wearing a black and white top.

Eunju Lee, M.S.W., MSOD, APHSW-C, LCSW

Professional Education Instructor
Eunju Lee, M.S.W., MSOD, APHSW-C, LCSW, has worked as a social worker and activist for over 30 years. She was a human and labor rights advocate in her native…
Completion Requirements for Live Interactive Webinars

Live, interactive webinars are synchronous, virtual courses held in a Zoom meeting. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the training. Participant attendance is tracked through Zoom. To earn CE credit, participants must also complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements. Receiving CEs is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?
Upon completing the webinar evaluation, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of webinar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records.