Head of Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition Calls for Public Policy Changes to Address Racism
Medical and political leaders around Ohio have declared racism a public health crisis. And the head of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition says addressing that will have to be a matter of public policy.
During an online panel discussion at Cuyahoga Community College Wednesday, Yvonka Marie Hall, head of the coalition, pointed to infant mortality rates as an example. She says they have not changed for African-Americans since the Civil War.
“And one of things that has not changed is racism. All of these things tie back to health—lack of education, lack of affordable and available housing, around employment issues—all of those take us back to whether people will live or die,” Hall said.
As part of the panel, Hall invited people to join the YWCA’s 21-Day Challenge for Racial Equity and Social Justice, which begins March 1.
The entire panel discussion on racism as a public health crisis is available here.