The Kerner Commission Report at 50: Treating Racism as a Public Health Issue

“The Kerner Commission declared: ‘It is time now to turn with all the purpose at our command to the major unfinished business of this nation […] It is time to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens —urban and rural, white and black, Spanish-surname, American Indian, and every minority group.’ Local health departments can help fulfill some of American democracy’s unfulfilled promises by employing interventions that address racial disparities in health. Those of us working on the frontlines in public health have the power to translate the values and goals articulated in the Kerner Report into programs and policies—local solutions befitting our communities.”

Read the full article, co-authored with Dr. Leana Wen, in the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) newsletter. Read more about #Kerner50 here.

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