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  Local Interest
BY ANGELA STEWART
Community Initiatives Officer, Battle Creek Community Foundation
    Despite efforts to change and set new laws throughout our history, racial inequities continue to persist. Why? The system is flawed and needs to be revisited. Talking about race and the inequities associated with it can be uncomfortable, but it’s the type of conversation that needs to be had. These discussions create the actions necessary to fully confront our society’s racial bias, subconscious or otherwise.
By declaring racism to be a health crisis, PHA has pledged to spur change in all sectors of government, including criminal justice, health care, transportation, housing education, workforce/employment, etc.
The Population Health Alliance (PHA) of Calhoun County is dedicated to providing equitable health opportunities for everyone in the community. In a fight
To make these goals a reality, PHA will focus its efforts on disaggregating data to better identify the root cause of these inequities. They will continue to serve as a resource for education to inform others of existing prejudices both within the community and elsewhere. Above all, PHA will identify areas where racism exists so they can help develop strategies to support communities of color and eliminate racism. Actions that further this goal include
Eliminating Racism and Health Inequities
Discrimination and racial injustices are deeply embedded in our country and here in Calhoun County. Although slavery was outlawed in1865, systemic discrimination, prejudice, and racial inequity has persisted. Now, 155 years after the official outlawing of slavery, COVID-19 has once again underscored our country’s deep-rooted inequities by
against racial inequity, PHA declared racism a public health crisis, noting that people within the community are being disproportionately impacted by social determinants that lead to poor health outcomes.
spotlighting the disparities in healthcare, employment, and access to resources between the white population and people of color, most notably in the black community.
A number of these inequities are related to stressors in daily life that systemic racism creates. People of color often live with stress and anxiety as a result of their surroundings which have, for decades, made them feel unwelcomed. Holding onto these anxieties over long periods of time takes a toll on the body, resulting in high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, and a shorter lifespan.
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