LOCATION

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT HEALTH DIRECTOR

ADDRESS:
     10 Park Place South, S.E., 4th Floor
     Atlanta, GA 30303

PHONE:
      404-613-1205

 

DECLARATION OF RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN FULTON COUNTY

The Fulton County Board of Health with the passage of its resolution declared, “Racism as a Public Health Crisis” in Fulton County on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  This was an important first step for us as an agency, because we feel racial injustice, health inequities and maltreatment of individuals are the antithesis of core public health principles. In recent months, we have witnessed the killings of innocent people, upheavals at peaceful protests and the loss of legendary freedom fighters, who paved the road to social justice. 


In Fulton County, particularly among communities of color; health disparities, lack of access to care and a plethora of diseases and chronic illnesses, like cancer, diabetes, hypertension and HIV are rampant. These issues are exacerbated by the relentless and ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, where racial and health inequalities have become even more evident, revealing that people of color are contracting the virus and dying at rates higher than their counterparts. Racism and discrimination undermine people’s ability to receive and have access to the care they need.

Moving forward beyond the simple passage of a resolution, our agency is committed more than ever to ensuring that we care for all people, regardless of race, class, social and economic status or sexual orientation.  We are committed to: 1) examining and aligning our internal policies and practices, assuring that all people are treated fairly and without bias; 2) providing educational opportunities for our staff to address cultural competency, diversity and inclusion; 3) partnering with our communities and stakeholders to include their voice in identifying community health needs and implementing strategies that meets those needs.

In the words of the late and beloved, Representative John Lewis, “Never give up. Never give in. Never become hostile... Hate is too big a burden to bear”. In these uncertain times, communities need public health to stand firm to fulfill the guiding principle that all people have a right to achieve health and wellness. As a public health agency, we declare racism as a public health crisis and stand in solidarity with all who fight for racial and health equality in Fulton County, Georgia, and our nation.

A RESOLUTION OF THE FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH 

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