APHA Supports National Day of Racial Healing, Jan. 17

Date: Jan 17 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: David Fouse, 202-777-2501

Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2017 — The American Public Health Association stands today with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and more than 130 organizations in recognizing a National Day of Racial Healing.

“We are proud to join arms with our partners and call for racial healing and commit to working to mend deep wounds across our nation,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. “We know that discrimination and racism can affect health through inciting violence and injury. But most often its influence is invisible, affecting many social determinants of health such as housing, education and employment. 

“We are proud to partner with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in observing a National Day of Racial Healing, and we look forward to working together to raise this important issue throughout the year and create a healthier nation.”

# # #

APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at www.apha.org.