Ford receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Association of Black Women Physicians



Chandra Ford, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of community health sciences, has been honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Association of Black Women Physicians.

“For most of my career I have worked against the grain, focused on racism as a public health problem,” said Ford, founding director of the UCLA Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health, which works to address the root causes of racial health inequities. “To be recognized by one’s own community is very precious.”

Ford was recognized for her research, which examines relationships between racism-related factors and disparities in the health care continuum and advances the conceptual and methodological tools for studying racism’s relationship to health disparities, and also for her public service and work as a mentor for younger scholars and medical professionals, association officials said.

“She (Ford) creates these opportunities and she brings you in, and if you’re not completely blown away by her brilliance, you are absolutely inspired to be more,” said Dr. Valencia P. Walker, a neonatalogist and past president of the Association of Black Women Physicians. “I thank her for the way that she combines the passion with the power of her voice to speak truth to power.”

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