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Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Utilizing Declarations to Address Health Inequities


1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET | January 21, 2021

States, cities, and counties have increasingly declared racism to be a public health crisis or emergency.  These declarations are driven by a recognition that systemic, institutional, and other forms of racism drive disparities across employment, housing, education, the justice system, healthcare, and other determinants of health. The declarations also reflect a growing acknowledgment that state and local governments must anchor efforts to eradicate the impacts of racism in order to truly achieve the conditions that create optimal health for all. Attend this webinar to: learn where such declarations or statements have been issued, hear specific examples of actions that jurisdictions are taking at state and local levels, and obtain practical steps for using racial equity tools to help ensure meaningful implementation that will have concrete real-world impacts. 

This webinar will provide you with:

  • A brief overview of declarations of racism as a public health crisis and their potential impact.
  • A discussion of specific examples of actions committed to or already implemented that can set a community on a path for meaningful change.
  • An analysis of legal and policy opportunities for implementing these declarations and associated efforts to dismantle structural racism and achieve health equity.  


  • Betsy Lawton, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Network for Public Health Law—Northern Region Office


  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH, Professor of Law and Executive Director, Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, Saint Louis University
  • Tia Taylor Williams, MPH, CNS, Director, APHA Center for Public Health Policy and Center for School Health and Education
  • Zo Mpofu, Public Health Program Consult, Buncombe County Health & Human Services
  • Dawn Hunter, JD, MPH, Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law—Southeastern Region Office

CLE credits will not be offered for this webinar.