Racism has been an issue since the founding of this country, embedded in every system. Though public health professionals have long known that racism is tied to the health and well-being of the nation, not until the COVID-19 pandemic did many in the nation even begin to contemplate the link. At the same time, the overarching issues of race and discrimination in this country came to a fever pitch over the summer of 2020 with the murder of George Floyd. The colliding of these issues was the impetus for the February 17, 2021, Town Hall, Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis.
The Friends of the 7 Acts of Change and other distinguished panelists discussed racism and its effect on public health, what their organizations are doing to address this issue, and what the community at large can do to support needed change.