"This profound mistrust is fueled by the staggering absence of clear, unified national leadership on the public health crisis, a failure unparalleled in our history," writes public health leader Georges Benjamin.
People of color are more likely to get sick and die from coronavirus. Will taking part in mass protests increase their risk — or force the nation to address bias and inequities that endanger Black lives?
"I am often asked why public health should care about the role of the court and who sits on it. The answer is simple: Court rulings can support or overturn policies that dramatically affect the public’s health."
The Clean Air Act’s impact has been greatest on those who live next to industry and highways, where toxic emissions are highest. Such “fence-line communities” typically harbor poorer people and minorities.
Protesters carrying swastikas and shouting words of hate are disturbing. But the construction of a community that puts people at increased risk for poorer health and a shorter life expectancy is equally troubling and must be addressed.
Decades ago we made our criminal justice policies tougher, but in a way that turned out to be neither just nor equitable. As the prison population has soared, we've come to realize our justice system is also terrible for your health. And the forces driving lockups and bad health are often the same.