NNN – No New News? – Racism Is A Health Crisis In Ohio According To Officials In Their Top County… – From May 21st 2020

By Leah Asmelash, CNN

Updated 8:19 AM ET, Thu May 21, 2020

Early data shows racial disparity in coronavirus deaths

Early data shows racial disparity in coronavirus deaths 

(CNN)Racism has officially been declared a public health crisis in Ohio’s largest county.Commissioners in Franklin County, which encompasses the state’s capital of Columbus, passed a resolution on Tuesday that asserts racism “rises to the definition of a public health crisis proposed by Dr. Sandro Galea.”Galea, dean at Boston University School of Public, notes a public health crisis is when “the problem must affect large numbers of people, it must threaten health over the long-term, and it must require the adoption of large scale solutions.”The county’s resolution references more than 100 studies that have linked racism to worse health outcomes, and outlines the ways systemic racism impacts multiple areas of life, including housing and education.Content by CNN UnderscoredRetailers are offering major sales in honor of healthcare workersIf you’re a medical professional or first responder, you can find savings on a variety of products that might make life a little easier right now.”Racism unfairly disadvantages specific individuals and communities, while unfairly giving advantages to other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources,” the Board of Commissioners resolution states, “and Franklin County’s collective prosperity depends upon the equitable access to opportunity for every resident regardless of the color of their skin.”

Coronavirus: a ‘contemporary example of such disparity’

Franklin County is about 24% black, according to data from the US Census. White people make up 67.2% of the county’s population.Citing the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Board of Commissioners wrote that “racism and segregation in Ohio and Franklin County have also exacerbated a health divide resulting in Black residents having lower life expectancies than White residents; being far more likely than other races to die prematurely (before the age of 75); and to die of heart disease or stroke.””Black residents also have higher levels of infant mortality, lower birth weights, are more likely to be overweight or obese, have adult diabetes, and have long-term complications from diabetes.”The coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Commissioners said, has exacerbated the health divide between white and back residents….Read The Rest At Cnn.com

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