Erika M. Redding, MSPH
Research Program Manager
Erika Redding serves as a Research Program Manager in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. She earned her MSPH in 2019 from the Department of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC; she is currently a doctoral candidate in the same department.
Redding’s research interests include understanding the role of structural barriers in facilitating the health disparities experienced by minoritized populations in the United States as well as the implementation of culturally competent interventions to address these disparities. Her dissertation research considers the role of structural racism on public health outcomes for Black survivors of domestic violence. Redding is a fellow with the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and previous Summer Fellow with the UNC Center for the Study of the American South.
HEALTH EQUITY FOCUSRacism
- Personal Internalization of a Confederate Monument Removal Event Associated with Increased Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Among University Students | This study sought to determine the association between racialized events relating to the removal of a Confederate monument and mental health outcomes among students at a Southern state university in the United States. After the removal of a Confederate monument located on the university’s campus, racialized protests and violent clashes with police forces ensued.
- Developing an Anti-Racist Lens: Integrating Public Health Critical Race Praxis and an Arts-Based Approach into a Foundational Public Health Training Course. | Racism is a critical determinant of health that affects outcomes; shapes practice, policy, research and interventions; and disproportionately burdens non-dominant racial populations. The racial justice challenges of today, combined with persistent health inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have intensified the need for racial equity–minded public health professionals. Because training programs play a key role in developing professionals, they must center teaching about racism and promoting anti-racism within their curricula. This study offers a curricular model that integrates Public Health Critical Race Praxis with a creative approach to facilitate exploration of racial identity among public health students.