The pandemic and ongoing protests for racial justice have focused the nation on the issue of systemic racism and its tragic impacts. The Confronting Racism initiative seeks to bring the Catholic health ministry together to take focused, effective action to root out racism by achieving health equity.

Health disparities and systemic racism have been debated and analyzed for decades. A wealth of resources exists analyzing the problem and possible solutions. Now is the time to act and be accountable for our efforts. Here are some resources that your organization can use to assess and strengthen your equity efforts, internally and in your communities. 


COVID-19 Vaccine Collaboratives

CHA is working to address vaccine hesitancy, promote vaccine awareness, and advocate for equitable distribution by partnering with other organizations that share these goals. 


Film Viewing of "Toxic: A Black Woman's Story," followed by a Panel Discussion

A 20-minute film, "Toxic; A Black Woman's Story," which shows a "day in the life" of a Black woman as she navigates the myriad stressors of a typical day and their effect on her pregnancy and her family.
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Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines

Exploring and Addressing the Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Building Right and Just Relationships with the Community

Communities that are suffering from social and health inequities have historically been left out, often intentionally, of decisions that impact their health and well-being. As we reach out to them we must build trust as effective partners in efforts to change power structures and build capacity so these communities can bring about change in their neighborhoods. The following resources can help the Catholic health ministry take an equity-focused approach to community relationships:

CHA Equity Webinar Series

This four-event webinar series looked at Catholic identity, other faith traditions, unconscious bias and discrimination in caregiver interactions—creating some uncomfortable as well as inspiring moments as leaders discussed building right and just relationships with our communities and advocating for change to end health disparities and systemic racism.