Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Across the country, local and state leaders are declaring racism a public health crisis or emergency. These declarations are an important first step to advancing racial equity and justice and must be followed by allocation of resources and strategic action.

Racism Declarations: Opportunities for Action

While resolutions and formal statements are not necessarily legally enforceable, they can drive meaningful change. Our Analysis: Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis (PDF) shows what steps localities committed to taking to address racism, and our Storytelling Map highlights six localities and their efforts to advance racial equity. Download the printable version of the storytelling map (PDF).


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