New York Declaring Racism a Public health Crisis
Issuing guidelines to a "Racially Just" recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a press release, Dr. David A. Chokshi, the board’s chair and commissioner of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said the move was made "to build a healthier New York City, we must confront racism as a public health crisis."
"The Covid-19 pandemic magnified inequalities, leading to suffering disproportionally borne by communities of color in our City and across the nation," he added. Chokshi says the inequities of health along racial lines are not inevitable and the resolution adopted Monday (October 18) is meant to recognize “this crisis and demand action.”
"The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is committed to addressing structural racism within our own institution and addressing racism as a social determinant of health as part of our mission to protect the health of New Yorkers," the statement read.
National Cancer Institute researchers released a study this month concluding that COVID-19 killed a disproportionate number of Black, Latino, and Native American people last year, which exacerbated health disparities among the groups.