NYC Health Department calls racism a ‘public health crisis’

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NEW YORK — New York City’s Health Department declared racism a public health crisis amid ongoing protests over police brutality and systemic racism.

Black and brown communities face not only a disproportionate impact from the coronavirus outbreak, but also “the trauma of state sanctioned violence,” the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tweeted Monday.

“The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers is part of the system of racism that permits police brutality, unjust policing and mass incarceration,” the department tweeted. “The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is committed to addressing structural racism within our own institution and addressing racism as a social determinant of health as part of our mission to protect the health of New Yorkers.”

The Health Department called on other city agencies to address structural racism.

“Join us in this stand against injustice to do better in service to Black, Brown and all New Yorkers,” the department tweeted.

The Health Department’s call for action comes after Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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