Ohio lawmakers relaunch efforts to declare racism a public health crisis

Ohio lawmakers relaunch efforts to declare racism a public health crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVG) – Two Ohio lawmakers are relaunch their efforts declare racism a public health crisis in the state. State Senators Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus) and Sandra R. Williams (D-Cleveland) on Tuesday introduced concurrent Senate Resolution 4, a bill that would make the declaration. According to the American Public Health Association, 25 cities and counties across the state have made similar statements. Neither Toledo nor Lucas County is on the list.

“While the people of Ohio may not currently be engaged in protests at the level we saw last summer, we know the racism hasn’t just gone away,” Craig said. “Blacks in Ohio continue to be arrested and incarcerated at alarming rates, experience wage and labor disparities as well as maternal and infant mortality, and are diagnosed with long-term health issues like diabetes at higher rates than whites in Ohio. Until we address the systemic racism associated with these and other issues, we cannot guarantee that Ohio is a safe and prosperous state for all. “

The resolution as introduced calls for a number of measures, including the creation of a glossary of terms and definitions relating to racism and health…

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