Strengthening neighborhoods and the community overall through better health outcomes by confronting racism in society was the message shared by epidemiologist Dr. Camara P. Jones to a sell-out audience at the Community Journal’s 36th Anniversary Sunday Jazz Brunch held at the Italian Conference Center near Milwaukee’s lakefront.
Using a powerpoint presentation and her down-to-earth style that held the audience in rapt attention, Dr. Jones described the three levels of racism impacting Black people, their health and their ability to access health care: “Institutionalized racism” (access to goods, services and opportunities by race), “Personally mediated racism” (prejudice and discrimination, where prejudice means differential assumptions about the abilities, motives, and intentions of others according to their race, and discrimination, differential actions towards others according to their race), and “Internalized racism” (which is defined as acceptance by members of the stigmatized races of negative messages about their own abilities and intrinsic worth.
Fifteen college students were recognized as recipients of Terence N. Thomas scholarships. Each student received $2,500 in stipends each, which totaled $32,500 in awards.
As attendees “brunched,” they were serenaded by the awesome jazz sounds of Christopher’s Project.
Cassandra McShepard, co-host of FOX 6’s “Real Milwaukee,” was the Mistress of Ceremonies.