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Cleveland declares racism a public health crisis

For more than a year, the Racism is a Public Health Crisis Working Group, a coalition of six nonprofit organizations, has worked together with Cleveland City Council to advance the declaration of racism as a public health crisis in Cleveland, Ohio. The coalition consists of  Birthing Beautiful Communities, First Year Cleveland – a public/private coalition at Case Western Reserve University, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – Cleveland Branch, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Urban League of Greater Cleveland and YWCA Greater Cleveland.  

On June 1, 2020, the Cleveland City Council Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted on a Resolution to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis. Expert testimony on behalf of First Year Cleveland was presented by Chief Natoya Walker Minor and Dr. Arthur James, Senior Advisor to First Year Cleveland. The Resolution was approved by the full City Council on Wednesday, June 3, achieving a momentous milestone for the community. We are the ninth city in our country to activate this resolution. 

View the full City Council hearing here

On June 5, 2020, news conference was held on the steps of Cleveland City Hall with Councilmen Blaine Griffin, Basheer Jones and Council President Kevin Kelley, along with members of the Racism is a Public Health Crisis Working Group (including Christin Farmer of Birthing Beautiful Communities, Helen Forbes Fields of United Way of Greater Cleveland, Margaret Mitchell of YWCA; Marsha Mockabee of the Urban League and others), to discuss the new resolution and the way forward.

View the Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Crisis here

Additional media coverage can be found here.

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