Racism as a Public Health Threat

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I’m not sure what the impact will be, but I’m hopeful this recognition of racism as a public health threat by the American Medical Association might help focus attention on systemic racism in this country. Bring attention to racism as a public health matter to health professionals. Result in study, research and education.

The American Medical Association has officially defined racism as a public health threat that has created substantial health inequality.

Racism, both systemic and structural, has historically perpetuated health inequality and cut short the lives of many Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the US and around the world.

  • The American Medical Association has officially defined racism as a public health threat.
  • “Racism negatively impacts and exacerbates health inequities among historically marginalized communities,” Willarda Edwards, an AMA board member, said in a statement Monday.
  • The AMA said it would enact new policies to address the injustice…

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