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Board of Health Chair McDermott Issues Statement on Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis



King County Board of Health Chair Joe McDermott issued the following statement after the board approved a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in King County:

“The strain of racism that Black, indigenous and other people of color in our community live with every day leads to differences in health and well-being, opportunities for employment, education, and housing, and truly is a public health crisis. Our action today places anti-racism, already a cornerstone of the work of Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, at the foundation of the Board’s policies and programs that reach across every community in Martin Luther King Jr. County.”

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