Yale School of Public Health Town Hall Focuses on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice
More than 120 members of the Yale School of Public Health community participated in a virtual town hall this week to discuss ideas about how the school can better address diversity, inclusion and social justice moving forward.
COVID-19 has generated renewed attention to the stark racial disparities in health that persist in the United States. The cause of these disparities is racism that manifests in individual behaviors, in laws and policies and in the current and historical structures of almost every aspect of U.S. society.
Racism, Homelessness, and DreamKit
In order to effectively end mass homelessness, we must first address structural racism. If we fix the homelessness crisis for Black people, we’ll fix it for everyone. Why do Black people make up only 13% of the U.S. population, but represent 40% of the homeless population? It’s because of systemic racism, discrimination and oppression. Even when controlling for poverty, Black Americans are dramatically more likely than Whites to become homeless.
Racism, Public Health and Social Justice: A Path to Progress
The last several weeks have been filled with frustration, rage, disappointment and sadness. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have served as painful reminders that racism continues to impact Black communities and end Black lives.
Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Say Their Names
2020 –The perfect vision year. A year for reflection. A time to contemplate what came before and what is ahead. Days into its sixth month, one thing is certain: 2020 has laid bare the results of an uncured and oft ignored disease that pervades our society–racism.
Protesting Amid a Pandemic
Public health is a diverse discipline. Here at Yale School of Public Health, we have researchers working on every aspect of the field, from basic laboratory science to evaluating the implications of social and economic policies on health outcomes. As protests have broken out across the country in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, many have joined the marches, which have become a larger crusade against racism and white supremacy in American life.
We Can and Will do More
Throughout history, groups with resources and power have sought to exert control over other groups through violence. Terror and subterfuge were key tools in the subjugation and genocide of Native Americans and the theft of their lands. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database suggests that 12.5 million Africans were kidnapped and shipped to the Americas. We have seen near-enslavement of Latinx and Asian persons for forced farm or railroad construction labor in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Click, Click, Cook: Online Grocery Shopping Leaves ‘Food Deserts’ Behind
A Yale University analysis found that most people in “food deserts” in eight states would increase their access to healthy, nutritious food if they purchase groceries online and had the food delivered as part of the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).