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Is Racism A Public Health Crisis? San Antonio Says Yes.

Protestors march downtown in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality on June 8, 2020.
Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio
Protestors march downtown in support of Black Lives Matter and against police brutality on June 8, 2020.

San Antonio is a historically segregated city, still shaped by decades-old redlining. In an attempt to acknowledge the systemic and structural racism in San Antonio, its City Council approved a resolution Thursday declaring racism as a public health crisis.

The council voted 9-0-1, with an abstention from District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry and the absence of District 8 Councilman Manny Palaez.

The resolution included additional commitments to advancing racial equity efforts, including reviewing policies with explicit racial bias, engaging historically marginalized communities in the review and solutions of certain policies and promoting racially equitable city services and programs.

How will this resolution be applied to issues of health inequity in San Antonio? Is there a more immediate solution to the disproportionate affects COVID-19 has had on communities of color?

What are the social determinants of health that impact racial and ethnic health disparities? What effects does racism have on health inequities in San Antonio and across the country?


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*This interview was recorded on Monday, August 24.

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Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.