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Cleveland City Council Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis

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The Cleveland City Council has voted unanimously approved a resolution to declare racism as a public health crisis.

Once signed by the Mayor, the city will be required under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take action to eliminate disparities causing the health issues.

Among the issues are Generational disparities in education, access to jobs, earning power, access to housing, access to health care, home environment and quality of life.

The legislation formally recognizes racism as a crisis that damages public health, as defined by the World Health Organization, through discrimination.

The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention also has recognized that discrimination has a negative impact on health in a community.

The legislation requires that the city establish inclusive groups to develop strategies for promoting equity and tackling the structures that are causing racial disparities.

Organizations such as the NAACP, the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Birthing Beautiful Communities, the YWCA of Greater Cleveland and First Year Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Partnership have so far voiced their support.

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