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Moving Past Declarations: Confronting the Barriers
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Moving Past Declarations: Confronting the Barriers

Dr. Camara Jones, past-President of the APHA, identified three steps to move beyond public health declarations into actions that actually address racism. The steps Dr. Jones suggests are to: 1. name racism, 2. identify the mechanisms by which racism operates, and 3. build strategy and take action. Part 1 of this series focuses on the first...

Gun violence is a public health problem, and so is white supremacy
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Gun violence is a public health problem, and so is white supremacy

Gun violence was deemed a public health issue in 2016 by the American Medical Association,[1] and is stated to be the leading cause of premature death, killing roughly 38,000 people a year.[2] Racism has been declared a public health crisis by over 209 jurisdictions since August, 2021 after the killing of George Floyd.[3] If gun...

Racism as a Public Health Crisis: maternal and infant health  
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Racism as a Public Health Crisis: maternal and infant health  

By: Hope Lane-Gavin and Natasha Takyi- Micah Of all of our priority areas this year, the time we’ve invested in maternal and infant health has garnered a lot of attention and ultimately, results. We continue to promote dialogue on every platform and emphasize the importance of the issue to policymakers at all levels, especially where...

Aftershock when a Black mom dies
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Aftershock afterthoughts: exploring advocacy and equity in the media

The Center for Community Solutions understands that to effectuate the change we want to see in our communities, we must ensure we as an institution and we as individual staff and board members are committed to race equity and institutional change. This change, however, does not occur overnight and requires refined language, tools, experiences, continuous...

Racism as a public health crisis and the economics of urban hospitals
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Racism as a public health crisis and the economics of urban hospitals

On September 14th, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center announced they will cease to provide emergency and inpatient services, including emergency psychiatric services, in Cleveland. In addition to the impact this will have on the local service delivery landscape, there is also the economic consequences of the loss of 600 jobs in the city’s Center. Ironically,...

The State of Our Institutions: Why We Must Keep Talking About Racism 
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The State of Our Institutions: Why We Must Keep Talking About Racism 

“Why does everything have to be about race?”    “I’m tired of talking about race.”    “I don’t see color.”   “You’re playing the race card.”   Have you heard these phrases? Perhaps you have said these phrases.   Such sentiments, however, are not new.    James Baldwin’s interview with Paul Weiss from 1967 describes institutional outcomes Acclaimed civil rights...

white radicalization on social media
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Racism is a public health crisis: white radicalization and the lie of meritocracy

One of the more recent tragedies of white male radicalization was the terrorist attack in a Buffalo supermarket earlier this summer, in which a young man who looks like me sought to destroy the lives of as many Black people as possible. No one demanded to know what *I* think of white male rage, violence,...

Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing
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Focusing on equitable harm reduction will reduce drug overdose deaths, especially as rates among Black Americans is increasing

Every policy space that we explore has inequities and racism built into it. This country’s approach to people who use drugs and the services and treatment available to them is no different. Even long before the so-called “war on drugs” began, Black and brown Americans who struggled with addiction were treated differently than white Americans.[1]...

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