LISTEN: Recognizing racism as a pandemic

Protesters on Saturday, June 6, 2020, stopped outside of the Anchorage Police Department headquarters. The “Your Voice Matters” rally was organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation Anchorage. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media) 

Racism is not a new topic in our country. But over the past year, we’ve seen a renewed push to address it at all levels of society. Now racism is beginning to be recognized as a public health crisis that contributes to disparities and inequities in health care experienced by the Black, Indigenous and people of color communities.

HOST: Prentiss Pemberton


  • Dr. Jennifer Kelly, President, American Psychological Association 
  • Dr. Maysa Akbar, Chief Diversity Officer, American Psychological Association



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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 10 a.m. AKDT
REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 8 p.m. AKDT


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Prentiss Pemberton is a host of Line One: Your Health Connection at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at Read more about Prentiss here.

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