LLCHD: Racism declared public health crisis
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Tuesday, the City of Lincoln officially adopted racism as a public health crisis.
According to the declaration released by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) public health is essentially the science of protecting and improving the health of all people. The document established that multiple studies link race and economic status with a community’s overall health, in addition to emerging research the indicates “racism itself is asocial determinant of health.”
With this in mind, LLCHD decided to include the “Achieving Health Equity” in the Health Department’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan and declared racism a public health crisis.
In the declaration, LLCHD is resolved to:
• Assert that racism is a public health crisis affecting our entire community.
• Include in any decision making the people most affected by health and economic challenges.
• Partner with the community to co-create solutions.
• Advocate for relevant policies that improve health in communities of color, and support initiatives to dismantle systemic racism.
• Ensure the consistent collection, analysis and reporting of disaggregated data for all public health efforts.
• Promote policy and system-level changes within Lincoln and Lancaster County to move beyond equity only and to undo racist structures.
To read the full declaration, click here.