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CDC Director Declares Racism A 'Serious Public Health Threat'

The CDC launched a new initiative to tackle racism in healthcare, calling on the nation to do better.
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CDC Director Declares Racism A 'Serious Public Health Threat'

The CDC launched a new initiative to tackle racism in healthcare, calling on the nation to do better.

CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has looked at the impact of COVID-19 on communities of colors and has declared the disparities are a "...serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millionsof Americans"

More directly, the Director stated:

" Racism is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community. These social determinants of health have life-long negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals in communities of color."

To this end, the CDC has launched a new resource called Racism and Health which is meant to draw in the public and scientific community to address health inequities

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