Sign the petition: Demand Congress pass the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act and address racism in our health care systems

U.S. Congress

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Racism is a public health crisis.

For centuries, structural racism in the United States has harmed Black and brown communities and served as a major barrier to health equity. Racism leads to worse health outcomes for Black and brown patients than their white counterparts.

People of color have higher rates of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease than other groups, and Black children have a 500% higher death rate from asthma compared with white children. Black women are nearly four times as likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women. Black people are six times as likely to be killed by police.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted these vast disparities. Death rates due to COVID-19 are the highest among Black and Indigenous people, followed by Pacific Islanders and Latinx people. Black and brown people who get infected are more likely to have pre-existing conditions that increase their risk of severe illness, and because they are more likely to be uninsured, they tend to put off seeking treatment and are sicker when they do receive care. On top of that, people of color tend to receive less aggressive treatment than white Americans.

Comprehensive research is needed to study the health impacts of structural racism and to develop race-conscious public health approaches and reverse disparities that have plagued our nation for too long. First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must formally declare racism as a public health crisis.

To help expand research and investment into the public health impacts of structural racism, as well as to require the federal government to begin actively developing anti-racist health policy, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Barbara Lee reintroduced the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act. This bill would create a "National Center for Anti-Racism" at the CDC to declare racism as the public health crisis that it is and further develop the research base and knowledge in the science and practice of anti-racism. Additionally, it would create a Law Enforcement Violence Prevention Program.

The health of people of color has been devastated by widespread racism in our healthcare system for far too long. We need to immediately address the unacceptable racist disparities in health care.

Sign the petition: Demand Congress pass the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act.

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People For the American Way
Progress America
Seeding Sovereignty

To: U.S. Congress
From: [Your Name]

Racism is a public health crisis. For centuries, structural racism in the United States has harmed Black and brown communities and served as a major barrier to health equity. Racism leads to worse health outcomes for Black and brown patients than their white counterparts. I'm calling on you to address this issue immediately by passing the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act.