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Racism as a Public Health Issue
July 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Framing racism as a social determinant of public health is not a new idea, however, it has gained support as subsequent protests emerge around the country in response to police killings and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color has become clear. In response, an increasing number of cities and counties have declared racism a public health crisis.
Join The Center for a discussion with Commissioner Donna Miller of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Jairo Cruz, Medical Director of Transitional Care at Franciscan Health – Olympia Fields, and Professor Jessica Simes, Associate Director for Research at the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Panelists will discuss the long-standing systemic health and social inequities that have put communities of color at increased risk of getting COVID-19 and experiencing police brutality and the importance of framing racism as a public health crisis.