When we think of health, we may think of our own personal health and images of sitting in the doctor’s office may emerge. When we think of public health, we may gather images of health clinics and hospitals and the rush made by the federal government to provide vaccinations against the coronavirus. However, for decades, indeed, centuries, racism has been a factor in the quality of our health. But if racism did not show it’s face at your door, it never became worthy of a second glance. Yet, last year with the memorable killing of George Floyd, racism plopped itself front and center at everyone’s door step daring whoever opened the door NOT to acknowledge it. Racism has been a thorn in the backs of people of color since their arrival on these shores. It has unfairly showered advantages on some people and it has unfairly suffocated others with disadvantages. The topic is way too large to discuss here in this article, but it will no longer be ignored. Racism affects the health of people by preventing people from accessing quality health care. The Centers for Disease Control have declared racism a public health threat. Even the City of Cincinnati through the Cincinnati City Council made a resolution on July 30, 2020 expressing its belief that racism is a public health crisis in the city of Cincinnati. The Council further expressed its commitment to improve the quality of life and health of the city’s minority residents. Given that, if we are concerned about our health and the health of others, what are YOU going to do about it? Everyone can do something. Ponder that.
Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison