Policed to Death: Over Policing in Black Communities as a Public Health Threat

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Add to Calendar: Add to Calendar 2022-07-05 05:45:24 2022-07-05 05:45:24 Policed to Death: Over Policing in Black Communities as a Public Health Threat Event Description Join the Dalla Lana School of Public Health for a provocative conversation on racism, mental health and the public health threat of over policing in Black communities. In June 2020, the world witnessed unprecedented mass mobilizations in defense of Black lives and urgent calls for racial justice—particularly as it relates to the police and their interactions with Black communities in North America. We’ve all seen the headlines, news reports and viral videos that put faces and names to the endemic violence and structural racism faced by Black communities. We know that Black Canadians are disproportionately stopped and questioned by police, exponentially more likely to be victims of fatal police shootings, and account for a disproportionate number of incarcerations. But do we really know the true measure of effect these sustained interactions have on the health of Black communities? This is a topic explored by Dr. Akwatu Khenti in a first of its kind course: Anti-Black Racism as a Policing and Public Health Crisis. In a panel discussion with leading community members and scholars, Dr. Khenti will address the Black community’s crisis of trust in policing, the crisis in police credibility due to the persistence of racial profiling, and the public health crisis resulting from police violence that manifests not just in deaths, but in mental health consequences. Panelists Akwatu Khenti Professor of Health Policy Dalla Lana School of Public Health Liben Gebremickael Executive Director TAIBU Community Health Center Dexter Voisin Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean of Applied Social Sciences Case Western Reserve University Moderated By Paulysha De Gannes Senior Policy Advisor Mental Health Ontario Remarks By Adalsteinn Brown Professor and Dean Dalla Lana School of Public Health This event is hosted by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement. Contact advancement.dlsph@utoronto.ca for any inquiries. Please note that this event will be held in English and will be posted on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health YouTube page with closed captions following the event. Online Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences America/New_York public

Event Format: Virtual

Event Description

Join the Dalla Lana School of Public Health for a provocative conversation on racism, mental health and the public health threat of over policing in Black communities.

In June 2020, the world witnessed unprecedented mass mobilizations in defense of Black lives and urgent calls for racial justice—particularly as it relates to the police and their interactions with Black communities in North America. We’ve all seen the headlines, news reports and viral videos that put faces and names to the endemic violence and structural racism faced by Black communities. We know that Black Canadians are disproportionately stopped and questioned by police, exponentially more likely to be victims of fatal police shootings, and account for a disproportionate number of incarcerations. But do we really know the true measure of effect these sustained interactions have on the health of Black communities?

This is a topic explored by Dr. Akwatu Khenti in a first of its kind course: Anti-Black Racism as a Policing and Public Health Crisis. In a panel discussion with leading community members and scholars, Dr. Khenti will address the Black community’s crisis of trust in policing, the crisis in police credibility due to the persistence of racial profiling, and the public health crisis resulting from police violence that manifests not just in deaths, but in mental health consequences.

Panelists

Akwatu Khenti

Professor of Health Policy
Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Liben Gebremickael

Executive Director
TAIBU Community Health Center

Dexter Voisin

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University

Moderated By

Paulysha De Gannes

Senior Policy Advisor
Mental Health Ontario

Remarks By

Adalsteinn Brown

Professor and Dean
Dalla Lana School of Public Health

This event is hosted by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement. Contact advancement.dlsph@utoronto.ca for any inquiries.

Please note that this event will be held in English and will be posted on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health YouTube page with closed captions following the event.

Event Location

Online

"Policed to Death: A discussion on racism, mental health, and over policing Black communities"