Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

The Coalition believes that addressing systemic racism is foundational to achieving health equity. A moral and just society depends on the mutual respect for all individuals and a commitment to eliminating bias and racism and prejudice. Research has shown that experiences with individual and structural racism have been linked to a wide range of negative mental and physical health outcomes. Racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. have lower life expectancy, experience higher rates of illness and chronic health conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, and heart disease when compared to their white counterparts. The Coalition highlights policies that work to achieve health equity for all by addressing the impact of racism and discrimination on the health of racial and ethnic minority populations.  

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Anti-Racism in Public Health Act

H.R. 666 - Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)

  • Introduced on 2/1/21

  • 59 Co-Sponsors as of 9/13/22

S. 162 - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

  • Introduced on 2/2/21

  • 4 Co-Sponsors as of 9/13/22

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Description

The bill would: 

  • Establish a National Center for Anti-Racism at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to declare racism as a public health crisis. This Center would: 

    • Conduct and share research on social determinants of health, the public health impacts of structural racism and the effectiveness of intervention strategies

    • Award grants and create at least three regional centers of excellence in anti-racism

    • Coordinate with other Centers in the CDC to ensure structural racism in considered in all programming initiated by the agency 

  • Establish a violence prevention program for law enforcement within the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the CDC. This program would: 

    • Study and develop interventions for the public health impacts of police brutality and violence 

    • Collect data and research on police violence and misconduct

Status

  • The bills remain under consideration in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 

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