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WATCH: Cleveland City Council discusses proposed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis

Cleveland City Hall
Posted at 9:44 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 10:33:24-04

CLEVELAND — Council’s Health and Human Services will hold a meeting Monday to discuss a recent resolution introduced earlier this year declaring racism as a public health crisis.

Participants will join together on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. You can watch the meeting on the city's YouTube page here.

“The pandemic has laid bare even more plainly that African Americans and other minority groups who have less access to high quality medical care, cleaner environments and healthy fresh food are dying at greater rates than others, despite not being infected at a higher rate,” said Councilman Blaine Griffin, who chairs the Health and Humans Services committee and who has sponsored the resolution.

The resolution was introduced before the pandemic’s impact was known because of the racial disparities in health outcomes, including infant mortality.

The panel will include experts to discuss the goals, including Marsha Mockabee, of the Urban League and Dr. Arthur James, from Case Western Reserve University, among others.