“The racial differences that we measure are the consequence of the centuries of policies, practices, and systems that have intentionally provided advantage to some while, simultaneously, intentionally subjecting others to disadvantage.”

~ Dr. Arthur James, Board of Health Member

Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Franklin County Board of Health Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis

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2020 Declaration (for FCPH) Racism is a Public Health Crisis – May 9, 2020

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Franklin County Board of Health Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis Press Release

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With this declaration, Franklin County Board of Health commits to:

  • Create an equity and justice-oriented organization, by identifying specific activities, policies and procedures to embrace diversity and to incorporate antiracism principles across the agency, leadership, staffing and contracting. This will include a plan to understand, address and dismantle racism, in order to undo how racism affects individual and population health and provide tools to engage actively and authentically with communities of color.
  • Advocate for relevant policies that improve health in communities of color, and supports local, state, regional, and federal initiatives that advance efforts to dismantle systemic racism.
  • Work to build alliances and partnerships with other organizations that are confronting racism and encourages other local, state, regional and national entities to recognize racism as a public health crisis.

Additional Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Franklin County Commissioners Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis – May 19, 2020

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Commissioners Join Health Department in Declaring Racism Public Health Crisis

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Upper Arlington Racism a Public Health Crisis – June 22, 2020

Westerville Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis – June 16, 2020

Whitehall City County Affirms FCPH Declaration that Racism is a Public Health Crisis – June 16, 2020

City of Columbus City Council Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis – June 2, 2020

Columbus Board of Health Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis – June 2, 2020

Letter To Columbus City Council in Support of Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis, Signed by more than 750 Columbus business and organization leaders.

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