Is Racism a Public Health Crisis?
Can your race be bad for your health? Some cities and towns in our region say yes! Yes, it is!
The outcry for racial justice following the death of George Floyd has caused municipalities, and even some states around the country, to officially declare racism a public health crisis. Racial disparities in our social and health care systems can compromise Black and Brown people's well-being in our communities.
The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted this imbalance.
But what happens next? Today on The Full Story, we speak with healthcare professionals, activists, and lawmakers about why racism is a public health crisis and what to do to change it.
A conversation with guests:
- Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette, Ph.D. Executive Director from Health Equity Solution
- Elisabeth R. Benjamin, MSPH, JD, Vice President, Health Initiatives Community Service Society of NY
- Nuchette Black-Burke is a town council member in Windsor
- Matthew Lesser, CT State Senator
- Elaine Gross is Founder and President of ERASE Racism
- Udai Tambar is VP of community health at Northwell Health