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Racism as a Public Health Crisis

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This program aired Thursday, July 9th, 2020 @ 12 EST

Framing racism as a social determinant of public health is not a new idea, however, it has gained support as subsequent protests emerge around the country in response to police killings and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color has become clear. In response, an increasing number of cities and counties have declared racism a public health crisis.

Join The Center for a discussion with Commissioner Donna Miller of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Jairo Cruz, Medical Director of Transitional Care at Franciscan Health – Olympia Fields, and Professor Jessica Simes, Associate Director for Research at the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Panelists discussed the long-standing systemic health and social inequities that have put communities of color at increased risk of getting COVID-19 and experiencing police brutality and the importance of framing racism as a public health crisis.


Maya Watson, JD, LLM
Health & Human Rights Fellow, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights


Jessica Simes 
Associate Director of Research, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
Follow her: @jt_simes

Commissioner Donna Miller
Cook County Commissioner, 6th District
Facebook: Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller 
Twitter: @DM4Commissioner
Instagram: @GoDonnaGo6 

Dr. Jairo B. Cruz
Medical Director of Transitional Care at Franciscan Health – Olympia Fields


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Boston University Center for Antiracist Research

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How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi


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July 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm