CDC declares racism a threat to public health

CDC declares racism a threat to public health

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The CDC plans to use COVID-19 funding to make investments in healthcare infrastructure for minority communities as well as expand internal efforts to become a more diverse agency.Walensky is studying how race impacts an individual’s health stating, “over generations, these structural inequities have resulted in stark racial and ethnic health disparities that are severe, far-reaching, and unacceptable.”  As the nation’s leading public health agency, CDC has a critical role to play to address the impact of racism on public health. The American Public Health Association is documenting local governments and health boards that have declared racism a public health crisis or emergency. They’ve tracked close to 200 instances, including one by the Dekalb County Board of Commissioners.

The CDC has provided resources on educating the public about the impact of racism on public health here. “Confronting the impact of racism will not be easy. I know that we can meet this challenge. I know that we can create an America where all people have the opportunity to live a healthy life. I know that we can do this if we work together,” Walensky said in a statement.

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