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Root Causes of Health Inequities Analysis: ARCC Learning Webinar with Dr. Linda Rae Murray

When: Thursday, January 21, 2021
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: ARCC  

Group: Center for Community Health (IPHAM)

Co-Sponsor: Corporate Engagement - Industry Events

Category: Training, Lectures & Meetings, Global & Civic Engagement


Root Causes are the underlying reasons that create the differences seen in health outcomes. They are the conditions in a community that determine whether people have access to the opportunities and resources they need to thrive. For example, the root cause of unequal allocation of power and resources creates unequal social, economic, and environmental conditions. Those conditions then lead to poorer health outcomes (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017).

During this session hosted by Northwestern’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities, Dr. Linda Rae Murray (bio below) will share practical approaches to better understanding the root causes of health inequities. This session is designed for community and academic partners in research partnerships. This session will support research partnerships’ ability to conduct root causes analysis for historical, structural, and systemic factors related to the health issues and research questions their partnership is addressing. Question and answer time will be included. 

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Presenter Dr. Murray has spent her career serving the medically under served. She has worked in a variety of settings including serving as Chief Medical Officer - Primary Care of the Cook County Health System; Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington; and Medical Director of the federally funded health center, Winfield Moody, serving Cabrini Green Public Housing Project. Today she serves as an Honorary Attending of Cook County Health, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and on many local and national boards including ARCC Steering Committee Member Health & Medicine Policy Research Group.  Dr. Murray is devoting the rest of her career to being an enthusiastic full time trouble maker. She has been a voice for social justice and health as a basic human right for over fifty years. Full bio here

The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) funds seed grants to support partnerships that engage communities and stakeholders most impacted by health inequities in research collaboration with Northwestern research teams. Learn more about ARCC’s 2021 Partnership Development and Research Pilot Seed Grants

To learn more about ARCC, visit and 

ARCC is a program of Northwestern University's Center for Community Health 


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