An antiracist approach to health equity acknowledges and addresses the historic and contemporary racist ideas, racist polices, and racial inequities that impact social determinants of health. Applying an antiracist health equity lens to primary rape prevention programing can ensure that prevention efforts address specific risk and protective factors for sexual violence that impact the people most vulnerable to anti-black racism, misogynoir, and transphobia.

This interactive panel discussion, co-facilitated by the director of New York State’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE)Program and the consulting team from Michelle M. Osborne J.D. and Associates, panelists will share process and findings from their 2023 Health Equity Capacity Assessment.

This project, funded by a grant from CDC, applies an antiracist health equity lens to primary sexual assault prevention programing, and includes a survey of staff and state partners, a comprehensive data audit, a six-session training series, and strategic recommendations for expanding and enhancing health equity in state-wide primary prevention efforts


Nora Karena, Michelle Osborne, Toni Belcher, Bernadette Dolen

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