Guidance: Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis

A number of states, cities and counties have declared racism to be a public health crisis or emergency. These declarations are driven by a recognition that systemic, institutional, and other forms of racism drive disparities across employment, housing, education, the justice system, healthcare, and other determinants of health. The declarations also reflect a growing acknowledgment that state and local governments must anchor efforts to eradicate the impacts of racism to truly achieve the conditions that create optimal health for all. As a follow-up to its Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Utilizing Declarations to Address Health Inequities webinar that explored where such declarations have been issued and specific examples of action at the state and local levels, the Network for Public Health Law has release a guidance document to help stakeholders develop and implement declarations, and think through broader issues connected to race and racism.

View the recording of the Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Utilizing Declarations to Address Health Inequities webinar.

Download the Guidance document.