Racism As a Public Health Crisis

Colorado plans on becoming the latest in a slew of places labelling racism a public health crisis.

Colorado is planning to take a big step toward tackling systemic racism in healthcare.

The state will declare racism as a public health crisis, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, told the Denver Post this week.

Hunsaker Ryan said the agency’s immediate goals are to partner with local community organizations to provide services to people of color, increasing the diversity of her department’s workforce (which is nearly four-fifths white), and hiring an equity and inclusion officer for the department.

Blest, Paul. (2020, July 31). More Than 80 Cities and Counties Have Now Declared Racism a Public Health Crisis. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wxq4v5/more-than-80-cities-and-counties-have-now-declared-racism-a-public-health-crisis

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