Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Issue

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

Below is the growing list of states, cities and counties that are naming racism as a determinant of health. Have a declaration to add? Please let us know.

CALIFORNIA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Coachella Coachella City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/22/2020
Fontana Fontana City Council passes resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 7/14/2020
Goleta Goleta City Council approves resolution condemning police brutality and declaring racism a public health emergency 6/8/2020
Los Angeles Los Angeles City Council approves resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/24/2020
Moreno Valley Moreno Valley City Council passes resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Oxnard Oxnard City Council passes resolution condemning police brutality and declaring racism a public health crisis 6/30/2020
Redlands Redlands City Council passes resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis 7/21/2020
Rialto Rialto City Council passes resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis 7/28/2020
Riverside Riverside City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/30/2020
San Bernardino County San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors declares racism a public health crisis  6/23/2020
San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo City Council passes resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Santa Clara County Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors declares racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis  6/23/2020
Ventura Ventura City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and condemning police brutality 7/13/2020

COLORADO
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Denver Denver City Council approves proclamation calling racism a public health crisis  6/8/2020
CONNECTICUT
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Bloomfield Town Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Hamden Hamden Legislative Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/20/2020
Hartford Hartford Common Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Manchester Manchester Board of Directors passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
New Britain New Britain Common Council approved resolution declaring a public health crisis 6/24/2020
New Haven New Haven Board of Alders passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/6/2020
New London New London City Council adopted resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/20/2020
West Hartford Town Council approved resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Windham Windham Town Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Windsor Windsor Town Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
FLORIDA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
     
     
GEORGIA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
DeKalb County County Board of Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis  7/14/2020
ILLINOIS
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Cook County Board of Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism and racial inequities a public health crisis 7/29/2019
INDIANA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Evansville City Council approved resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Indianapolis (Marion County) City-county council unanimously passed resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 6/9/2020
MASSACHUSETTS
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Boston Boston Mayor declares racism a public health crisis 6/12/2020
Chicopee Chicopee City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Everett Everett Mayor declares systemic racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Framingham Framingham Mayor and Board of Health declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Holyoke Holyoke Mayor issues Executive Order declaring racism and police violence a public health emergency
6/17/2020
Medford Medford City Council declared racism a health crisis 6/9/2020
Revere Revere Mayor and Board of Health declare racism a public health crisis 6/25/2020
Somerville Somerville's Mayor declares racism a public health emergency 6/4/2020
Springfield Springfield's Mayor declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
MARYLAND
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Anne Arundel County County Executive and Health Officer Declare Racism a Public Health Issue 11/2019
Montgomery County Montgomery County Council Passes Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Emergency 6/11/2020
MICHIGAN
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
State - at large Governor Whitmer signs executive directive recognizing racism as a public health crisis 8/5/2020
Flint Flint City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/1/2020
Genesee County Genesee County Board of Commissioners declares racism a public health crisis 6/10/2020
Ingham County Ingham County Board of Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/9/2020
Jackson Jackson City Council passes resolution calling racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Kalamazoo County Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Lansing Lansing City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Pontiac Pontiac City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/9/2020
Port Huron Port Huron City Council declares racism and social inequities a public health crisis 6/9/2020
Washtenaw County Washtenaw County Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/1/2020
Ypsilanti Ypsilanti City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/2/2020
MINNESOTA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Hennepin County County Commissioners pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Minneapolis Minneapolis City Council and Mayor pass resolution declaring racism a public health emergency 7/17/2020
Olmsted County Olmsted County Board of Commissioners pass resolution recognizing racism as a public health crisis 8/4/2020
State — at large Minnesota House of Representatives passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Encourages Senate and governor to pass similar resolutions
7/14/2020
MISSOURI
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Kansas City City Council passes resolution asserting racism as a public health crisis 8/29/2019
NEVADA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
State — at large Governor issues proclamation that racism is a public health crisis 8/5/2020
NORTH CAROLINA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Charlotte Mayor signs proclamation of racism as a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Mecklenburg County County leaders declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
OHIO
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Akron Akron City Council and Mayor declare racism a public health crisis 6/8/2020
Canton Canton City Council declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Cleveland Cleveland City Council approve resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/3/2020
Columbus Columbus City Council declare racism a public health crisis 6/1/2020
Cuyahoga County Cuyahoga County Council pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Dayton Dayton City Commission declare racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Elyria Elyria City Council declare racism a public health crisis 6/24/2020
Franklin County Franklin County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis 5/19/2020
Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/16/2020
Lima Lima City Council pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Lorain County Lorain County Commissioners declared racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Montgomery County Montgomery County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Piqua Piqua City Commission pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
South Euclid South Euclid City Council pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/8/2020
Summit County Summit County Council approve resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/15/2020
Warren Warren City Council pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/24/2020
Youngstown Youngstown City Council declare racism a public health crisis 6/19/2020
PENNSYLVANIA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Allegheny County A motion to declare racism a public health crisis passes along party lines at Allegheny County Council 5/1/2020
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh City Council approves bills declaring racism a public health crisis 12/17/2019
Erie County  Erie County Council designates racism a public health crisis 9/8/2020 
TENNESSEE
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Memphis City Council passes resolution to declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
TEXAS
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Dallas County Dallas County Commissioners pass resolution to declare racism as a public health crisis 6/16/2020
VERMONT
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Burlington Mayor declares racism a public health emergency 7/16/2020
WASHINGTON
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
King County King County and Public Health-Seattle declared racism is a public health crisis 6/11/2020
Pierce County Pierce County Board of Health passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
WISCONSIN
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
State — at large Gov. Evers declares Racism a Public Health Crisis 6/4/2020
Appleton Signs onto Wisconsin Public Health Association’s 2018 resolution  
Cudahy Cudahy Common Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020 
Madison Madison City council signs onto Wisconsin Public Health Association’s 2018 resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 10/15/2019
Milwaukee Milwaukee Common Council passes resolution asserting racism as a public health crisis 7/20/2019
Milwaukee County County Executive signs resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 5/20/2019
Rock County Rock County Board of Supervisors passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/25/2020