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Epidemics of Injustice

This annual course, with lectures free and open to the public, prepares public health leaders and community members with the tools to bring about social change and address structural determinants of health.  All course meetings will take place virtually, convening each Thursday during the spring semester (excluding spring break) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. CST, beginning January 11, 2024.

Epidemics of Injustice is led by the Radical Public Health student group and sponsored by the Division of Community Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health. Please visit the course site HERE for the latest updates and announcements.

How to participate Heading link

  • UIC students

    UIC students can enroll through the course catalogue in IPHS 430: Epidemics of Injustice using CRN:  44551.

  • Community members

    Register HERE by self-selecting which class sessions you want to attend.

  • Video archive

    If you miss a class, we’ll upload the full videos here. View 2023 recent course archives. View 2022 and 2021 older course archives.

2024 Course Schedule Heading link

  • January 11

    Overview of health equity with Dr. Linda Rae Murray.

  • January 18

    Root cause analysis and developing a shared class dictionary with UIC Radical Public Health.

  • January 25

    We have to stop running from the centrality of racism: place, race, and public health with Dr. David Stovall.

  • February 1

    Power mapping with Sari Bilick from Public Health Awakened (PHA).

  • February 8

    History of genocide and building possible worlds with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UIC.

  • February 15

    Building a campaign around politicized topics with Arturo Carrillo and Elena Gormley.

  • February 22

    Overlapping systems of oppression, cumulative disadvantage across policy domains, and how that manifests in worker exploitation in the Chicagoland area with Leone Bicchieri.

  • February 29

    Writing public testimony / op-ed writing with Tiffany Ford.

  • March 7

    Speaker and lecture topic to be announced soon.

  • March 14

    Speaker and action lab topic to be announced soon.

  • March 28

    Speaker and lecture topic to be announced soon.

  • April 4

    Participatory budgeting action lab with Rachel Pate from Chicago United for Equity (CUE).

  • April 11

    Mutual aid lecture with Rachel Lyons from Chicago Community Bond Fund.

  • April 18

    Speaker and topic to be announced soon.

  • April 25

    Keynote speaker

Class speakers Heading link

Dr. Linda Rae Murray photo.
Dr. Linda Rae Murray, MPH ’80, has spent her career serving the medically underserved. She has worked in a variety of settings including Medical Director of the federally funded health center, Winfield Moody, which served Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College and Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington. Dr. Murray is the recently retired Chief Medical Officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health. She also practiced as a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center, was an attending physician in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital and is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health (Occupational & Environmental Health and the Health Policy & Administration departments).  Dr. Murray plays a leadership role in many organizations including the National Association of City and County Health Officers Health Equity and Social Justice Team, the national executive board of American Public Health Association and serves on the board of the Chicago based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. In 2011, Dr. Murray served as President of the American Public Health Association. She is the Co-Chair for the Urban Health Program Community Advisory Committee at UIC.  Dr. Murray has been a voice for social justice and health care as a basic human right for over forty years. She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals.
Radical Public Health logo.

Radical Public Health (RPH) is an association of UIC students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members that seeks to address the systemic, underlying causes of public health challenges and to consider more radical solutions.

David Stovall photo.

David Stovall, PhD, is a professor in the departments of Black Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus.  His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice (SOJO), which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum.  In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also served as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005-2018.

Sari Bilick's photo

Sari Bilick (she/her) is the Organizing Program Director at Human Impact Partners (HIP), based in the Bay Area in California on unceded Lisjan Ohlone land. Sari leads HIP’s organizing work, including co-coordinating Public Health Awakened, a national network of public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice. She has over 15 years of experience in organizing and before joining HIP worked in labor, community, and political organizing and brings extensive experience in leadership development, training, and coalition building. Sari has engaged public health practitioners, healthcare and service workers, immigrants, tenants, domestic workers, and faith communities to take action around a wide range of economic and social justice issues. She is passionate about organizing and mobilizing communities around the issues most important to them and bringing a social justice and equity lens into all spaces.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)'s logo

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UIC bio coming soon.

Arturo Carrillo photo.

Arturo Carrillo, PhD, is a licensed clinical social worker and Director of Health and Violence Prevention at Brighton Park Neighborhood Council. He has led the Collaborative for Community Wellness to research and document the inequity of access to quality mental health services throughout low-income communities throughout the city and advocates for the creation of a city-wide non-police crisis response program grounded in an expanded publicly-operated mental health system in Chicago through the Treatment Not Trauma campaign.

Stock photo

Elena Gormley‘s bio coming soon.

Rachel Lyons photo

Rachel Lyons (she/her) is the daughter of Diane and Dan Lyons, sister to Ruth, John, Lauren, Mark, and Kacy, partner to Terese, and aunt to four little humans. She is a member of the Chicago Community Jail Support mutual aid group and the Co-Executive Director at the Chicago Community Bond Fund. She has done rapid response jail support connected to protests and uprisings since 2017 and has been involved in daily jail support efforts outside of Cook County Jail since 2020. Rachel has a decade of experience in social justice education, facilitation, and nonprofit leadership. Rachel holds a BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago.

Course Contacts Heading link

Katie O’Connell (TA), koconn37@uic.edu

Emily Etzkorn (Admin), eee2@uic.edu

Learn more about the Collaboratory for Health Justice

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