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National Dialogue on the Intersection of Racism and HIV as a Public Health Crisis
The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) is partnering with Howard Brown Health for the launch of a yearlong National Dialogue on the Intersection of Racism and HIV as a Public Health Crisis. We will start the national dialogue in the City of Chicago with an online session taking place 11:00 am-1:00 pm CT (12:00 pm-2:00 pm ET), February 9, 2022.
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On April 8, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that racism is a national public health crisis in the United States and issued a call to action to address racism’s impact on the health outcomes of all Americans. Since then, more than 200 cities and counties, health departments, and elected officials across the country have proclaimed that “racism is a public health crisis.” This movement to address racism as a public health crisis is closely aligned with the objectives of the Fast-Track Cities initiative, which seeks to support urban leadership in many of the same cities and counties towards the aim of ending their urban HIV epidemics by 2030.
To support Fast-Track Cities in tackling racism and the other social determinants of health that limit health equity in communities of color, IAPAC will coordinate a series of city-specific online dialogue sessions, each hosted in one of 12 U.S. Fast-Track Cities. The sessions will facilitate dialogue between city, county, state, and national policy makers, as well as city and county health department officials, clinicians and service providers, and community advocates. The dialogue will include discussion about how racism is negatively affecting health equity and outcomes for communities of color, as well as feature solutions being employed by cities and counties to address racism and its effects on health equity and outcomes. As important, the national dialogue will highlight the sobering reality that without concerted urban advocacy and action, racism threatens progress towards the goal of ending the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030.
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