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Council unanimously declares racism a public health crisis in Indy

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Posted at 9:57 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 22:01:14-04

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis City-County Council approved Monday night a special resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in the city.

“This Council commits to frank and open discussions of race and the impact of the decisions we make upon racial inequities in our community, that these discussions will be integrated into our daily work together, and that we will address issues of race and racial disparities in a full and forthright manner,” the resolution states.

The United States Office of Disease Prevention recognized that racial discrimination negatively impacts health outcomes, leading to the resolution Monday night.

The founding Dean of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health spoke at the meeting, saying he is “so proud to stand” with council.

It passed unanimously. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has already announced his support for the resolution.