April 16, 2021
CDC Director Declares Racism a Serious Public Health Threat
“Racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans. As a result, it affects the health of our entire nation,” stated CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky. Along with this declaration, the CDC committed to accelerating the Agency’s work to address racism as a public health issue, including unveiling a new website “Racism and Health” that will serve as a hub for all efforts. This initiative is part of the Biden Administration’s overall goal of reducing national health disparities. For more resources on the subject, click on the links below.
- Building an Organizational Response to Health Disparities – CMS
- Resources for States to Address Health Disparities – National Academy for State Health Policy
- Prioritizing Equity video series: The Root Cause & Considerations for Health Care Professionals – AMA
- Racism is killing black people. It’s sickening them, too – Washington Post