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.