Racism is a public health crisis
The killing of George Floyd and the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on people of color are only the two latest examples of how structural racism can lead to devastating outcomes. Harvard Chan School stands together and is committed to helping fight this longstanding racism. The information and resources below highlight work from members of the Harvard Chan School community aimed at addressing racism and, ultimately, at helping shape a fairer, more just, and healthier world.
A Statement from Dean Michelle A. Williams
To tobacco companies, Black lives don’t matter
The COVID-19 pandemic shows why we must—and how we can—end racial injustice in health
Racism is a public health issue
Racism is a deadly virus, too: A public health defense of these mass protests
Racism is killing black people. It’s sickening them, too.
Protest, demand change — but, please, put on your mask
Protecting hungry children during the fight for racial justice
Since 2019, policymakers from more than 50 American municipalities and three states have formally highlighted racism as a public health crisis.
In an op-ed, experts recommend banning menthol cigarettes, which have been aggressively marketed to Black people, contributing to health disparities.
Social scientist David R. Williams says reducing socioeconomic disparities could help African Americans fare better when future pandemics hit.
Experts from the worlds of business and public health are discussing ways for businesses to operate safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Black Americans are 3.23 times more likely than whites to be killed by police.
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