Bloomberg Law
July 16, 2020, 9:40 AM

Labeling Racism a Health Crisis Sparks Calls for Accountability

Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

Patient advocates say a wave of local government resolutions declaring racism a public health crisis could be a breakthrough moment in national efforts to improve health outcomes for communities of color.

More than 60 cities and towns—including Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland—have passed the declarations since last year, according to the American Public Health Association. The efforts picked up steam following the disparate impact of Covid-19 on minority communities and the police killing of George Floyd.

Using stark, matter-of-fact language, the resolutions acknowledge a sad truth, advocates say. But they also provide a valuable marker to guide ...

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