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A Message on Racism, Violence, and Injustice from the CORE Library

We know that racism impacts every facet of life and especially that of the health of our communities.

The acts of violence against the Black community are horrifying, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous and underserved communities has further shed light on injustices that have existed for centuries.

Libraries have always been places of learning, and in these times, they can also be places of un-learning and re-learning.  For those looking for resources that can help to educate (or re-educate), please consider the following as starting points:

We welcome your suggestions for this list at

Recommended by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine


Black & African American Mental Health Resources

  1. Mental Health America: Black & African American Communities And Mental Health
  2. HHS Office of Minority Health: Mental and Behavioral Health – African Americans
  3. HHS Office of Minority Health: Minority Mental Health Awareness Month – July

Cultural Competency

  1. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competency for the Information Professional
  2. NNLM Webinar: Cultural Competencies and the Strategic Prevention Framework
  3. HHS: Think Cultural Health – Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

NLM Black, African American, and Race History

  1. Leonidas H. Berry and the Fight to Desegregate Medicine
  2. For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care Reform
  3. Circulating Now from NLM – African American History

Racism and Science

  1. COVID-19 and Health Inequities
  2. NLM Special Lecture: Gender, Race, and Power in Science
  3. Beginning June 9: APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity Webinar Series

PubMed Central Articles

  1. Alang S, McAlpine D, McCreedy E, Hardeman R. Police Brutality and Black Health: Setting the Agenda for Public Health Scholars. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(5):662‐665. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.303691
  2. Bowleg L, Maria Del Río-González A, Mbaba M, Boone CA, Holt SL. Negative Police Encounters and Police Avoidance as Pathways to Depressive Symptoms Among US Black Men, 2015-2016. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(S1):S160‐S166. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2019.305460
  3. Edwards F, Lee H, Esposito M. Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race-ethnicity, and sex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019;116(34):16793‐16798. doi:10.1073/pnas.1821204116
  4. Hall JM, Fields B. “It’s Killing Us!” Narratives of Black Adults About Microaggression Experiences and Related Health Stress. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2015;2:2333393615591569. Published 2015 Jul 9. doi:10.1177/2333393615591569
  5. Schneider JA, Lancki N, Schumm P. At the intersection of criminal justice involvement and sexual orientation: Dynamic networks and health among a population-based sample of young Black men who have sex with men. Soc Networks. 2017;51:73‐87. doi:10.1016/j.socnet.2017.04.001


Damon Tweedy is  a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and a practitioner at the Durham VA Medical Center.  In his first book, Black Man in a White Coat,:  A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine,  he explores the significance of race in the medical world. Tracing his own experience as a medical student on a full scholarship—who at one point is mistaken for a maintenance worker—Dr. Tweedy exposes some of his profession’s outdated assumptions, while also showing the very real impact of socio-economic factors on the health of black Americans.


Code Switch logo - NPR podcast

 A podcast from NPR, Code Switch explores the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.



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