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Structural Racism in Health Care & Research Course

This free course, sponsored by the UR CTSI and Center for Community Health & Prevention, explores how the history of racism has shaped the relationship between doctors/researchers and patients/research participants who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

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Critically examining and acknowledging the history of racism in our health care and research systems is essential to closing the health equity gap. Developed by community partners, this course provides foundational knowledge of critical race theory and structural competency. At the end of the course participants should understand that racism, and not race, causes health disparities. They should also have a clear understanding of why mistrust of the health care system and the long history of their exploitation in research, is the primary reason for BIPOC individuals not participating in research studies.

Traci Terrance, PhD and John Cullen, PhD utilize a restorative practices approach to facilitate the course. Each session will include discussion and explore personal identity and bias, as well as historic content. The cohort will include 24 individuals: 12 from UR and 12 from community organizations.


If you have questions about this course, please email

How to Apply

The course is not currently accepting applicants. During enrollment, we welcome applications from staff, faculty, students, and community members (unaffiliated with the University). Attendance at all sessions is an expectation of participation. Due to high interest in the course, all applicants will be considered. Notifications will be sent approximately two weeks in advance.


This course is open to University of Rochester faculty, staff, trainees and students as well as community members (typically from community-based organizations).


There is no cost to attend this course.

This course is not currently accepting applicants.

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Course Development Team

Lucia Acosta-CastillejoLucia Castillejo, M.S.
Executive Director,
Monroe County Medical Society

Karen RogersAlicia Evans, M.A.
LeGray Dynamic

Katie ReedKatie Reed, B.S., R.N.
Clinical Specialist, RN,
Person Centered Services Care Coordination

Traci TerranceTraci Terrance, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. 
Clinician and Educator,
URMC Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine and Office of Equity and Inclusion

Karen RogersKaren Rogers, M.P.A.
Founder and CEO, 
Exercise Express


















Structural racism in healthcare and research: A community-led model of curriculum development and implementation

Learn more about how community members led the development and implementation of the course in a scientific paper published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.

Current Course

Sessions take place on Wednesday evenings at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Please plan to attend all five in-person sessions. Virtual discussion sessions are optional/drop in. 


Date & Time Session

4-6 pm

Introductions | In person

4-6 pm

Laying the groundwork for community engagement | In person

12-1 pm

Discussion | Online

4-6 pm

The history of racism in health care and research | In person

4-6 pm

Understanding and overcoming racism in modern medicine | In person

12-1 pm

Discussion | Online

4-6 pm

A cultural resilience framework for health care and research | In Person

Dedication to Edgar Santa Cruz

Edgar Santa Cruz in front of painted brick wallThe planning and facilitation team dedicates this course to Edgar Santa Cruz, a social worker and dedicated public servant who passed away tragically at the end of 2022. Edgar was a past participant of this course and was going to begin facilitating the course in the spring of 2023. We grieve the loss of our friend and colleague and hope to carry on his memory through this work. 

Photo courtesy of Cameron Ministries. 

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