This year, our Stand Against Racism Campaign centers around a new theme: From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis.
Public health is, and always has been, central to racial justice work. This year our theme is especially pertinent as our nation continues to face the intersecting public health crises of COVID-19 and racism.
Understanding the economic and social determinants of health and how racism impacts public health outcomes is critical to uprooting systemic inequity in communities of color.
Economic investment in public health looks like safe and affordable housing, access to quality education, economic advancement opportunities, reliable transportation, availability of healthy foods, and environments free of contamination among other essential resources.
Social resources which can reduce negative health outcomes in communities of color include enhanced public safety measures, addressing social norms and attitudes which cause discrimination, and increased social support across our country. This also looks like breaking down barriers to people of color running for and holding elected office in their own communities.
By investing in marginalized communities, empowering people of color, and expanding public resources, we can challenge centuries of unfair social, economic, and political systems which contribute to inequity. Each of us can stand against racism by advocating for and supporting our communities in a meaningful way.