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What Does Social Justice in Public Health Look Like?


The mission of the Office of Social Justice is to ensure equity and fair access to healthcare and health promoting institutions. The Office takes action toward this goal by training Keck School of Medicine students, staff and faculty on social justice issues, implementing collaborations and clinics that address social determinants of health and barriers to care, recognizing and celebrating social justice practitioners in the Keck community, and using research and evaluation to establish the effectiveness of a social justice approach to health.

Programs currently in development include “come as you are” clinics, community health screenings, Keck School of Medicine Neighborhood Health Initiative and training on implicit bias, structural competence, trauma informed care, cultural humility, anti-racism, white allyship and policy advocacy.

Antiracism, Allyship & Institutional Climate Change

Learn about how we are promoting behavioral change in the Keck School community such that we move toward achieving an institutional climate in which diverse students, staff and faculty can thrive. Learn more.


Visit the resources page on the Keck School Intranet (accessible to faculty, staff and students)

We must achieve more equitable access to healthcare for all people. The Office of Social Justice uses a social justice lens, which allows us to consider not only what goes on in the clinic, but also what happens in the rest of people’s lives, to address health equity in a more holistic way

Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine,
Associate Dean for Social Justice


Ricky N. Bluthenthal, Ph.D.

Professor, Associate Dean for Social Justice
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Karina Dominguez Gonzalez, MPH
Research Coordinator