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VtPHA Response to the killing of George Floyd

18 Jun 2020 9:02 AM | Vermont Public Health Association (Administrator)

The Vermont Public Health Association recognizes the recent events that are in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. These Black lives lost due to police violence reflect the deep and ongoing “pandemic” of racism that permeates our society and blocks any effort to build equitable societal systems of health and wellness for Black Americans. Nationally, the many peaceful protests are highlighting the anger over the traumatic legacy of centuries of racism in our country. We encourage all our members and colleagues to become actively involved in this watershed moment by working as public health professionals to address structural racism and move us forward to a society that is equitable for all.

We strongly encourage all our colleagues to participate in the upcoming webinar on June 9 at 2:00 PM as sponsored by the American Public Health Association entitled Racism: The Ultimate Underlying Condition. This event will examine racism and its historic and present day impact on the health and well being of Black Americans. Registration and more information can be found here

Please also refer to the American Public Health Association’s statement on Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue.

About the association

VtPHA is a membership organization which facilitates collaboration among people who care about public health and are interested in protecting and promoting the health of Vermont residents.

VtPHA is an Affiliate of the American Public Health Association (APHA). APHA is the national voice of public health and champions the health of all people and all communities. They are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health and a member community from all public health disciplines and over 40 countries. Learn more at www.apha.org.

Contacts

vtpublichealth@outlook.com
Vermont Public Health Association
P.O. Box 732
Burlington, VT 05402-0732

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