Declarations of Racism as a Public Health Issue

Across the country, local and state leaders are declaring racism a public health crisis or emergency. These declarations are an important first step in the movement to advance racial equity and justice and must be followed by allocation of resources and strategic action.

Below is the growing list of states, cities and counties that are naming racism as a determinant of health. Have a declaration to add? Please let us know.

ARIZONA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
State — at large Arizona Public Health Association commits to addressing how racism leads to health disparities 6/1/2020
 
 
 
CALIFORNIA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Coachella City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/22/2020
Contra Costa County County Board of Supervisors passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 11/10/2020
Fontana City Council passes resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 7/14/2020
Goleta City Council approves resolution condemning police brutality and declaring racism a public health emergency 6/8/2020
Indio City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 9/2/2020
Long Beach City Council declares systemic racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Los Angeles City Council approves resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/24/2020
Moreno Valley City Council passes resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Oxnard City Council passes resolution condemning police brutality and declaring racism a public health crisis 6/30/2020
Palm Springs City Council adopts resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 8/6/2020
Redlands City Council passes resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis 7/21/2020
Rialto City Council passes resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis 7/28/2020
Riverside City City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/30/2020
Riverside County County Board of Supervisors passes resolution declaring racism and inequality a public health crisis 8/4/2020
Sacramento County City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis   11/17/2020
San Bernardino County County Board of Supervisors declares racism a public health crisis  6/23/2020
San Luis Obispo City Council passes resolution affirming racism as a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Santa Clara County County Board of Supervisors declares racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Santa Barbara City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Ventura City City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and condemning police brutality 7/13/2020
Ventura County County Board of Supervisors passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 11/10/2020
Yolo County County Board of Supervisors passes resolution recognizing racism as a public health crisis 7/21/2020
COLORADO
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Boulder County County Board of Commissioners and Board of Health declare racism a public health crisis 11/9/2020
Denver City Council approves proclamation calling racism a public health crisis 6/8/2020 
Jefferson County County Board of Health declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020 
CONNECTICUT
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Bloomfield Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Bridgeport Council passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/21/2020
Colchester Board of Selectmen declared racism a public health crisis and created an ad hoc committee on diversity and inclusion 7/16/2020
Glastonbury Town Council passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and created a Commission on Racial Justice and Equity 7/28/2020
Easton Board of Selectmen passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis
8/20/2020
Hamden Legislative Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/20/2020
Hartford Common Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Manchester Board of Directors passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
New Britain Common Council approved resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/24/2020
New Haven Board of Alders passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/6/2020
New London City Council adopted resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/20/2020
Simsbury Board of Selectmen passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 9/29/2020
South Windsor Town Council declared racism as a public health crisis and created a sub-committee on racial equity and Black Lives Matter through a resolution 6/15/2020
West Hartford Town Council approved resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Windham Town Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Windsor Town Council passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020  
FLORIDA
City/County Declaration Date of Declaration
Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 9/16/2020
Manatee County Board of Commissioners passes proclamation declaring racism a public health crisis 11/10/2020
GEORGIA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
DeKalb County County Board of Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis  7/14/2020
ILLINOIS
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Cook County Board of Commissioners pass resolution declaring racism and racial inequities a public health crisis 7/29/2019
Lake County County Health Department release statement declaring racism a public health crisis 6/5/2020
Peoria City/County Health Department ;release statement declaring racism a public health crisis 7/20/2020&
INDIANA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Evansville City Council approved resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Indianapolis (Marion County) City-county council unanimously passed resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 6/9/2020
St. Joseph County Board of Health approved resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 7/15/2020
IOWA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Linn County Board of Health declares racism a public health crisis 7/9/2020
MAINE
City/County Declaration Date of Declaration
Portland Portland City Council passes resolution declaring systemic racism a public health crisis 7/13/2020
MASSACHUSETTS
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Beverly Mayor issues executive order declaring racism a public health crisis 8/25/2020
Boston Mayor declares racism a public health crisis 6/12/2020
Chicopee City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Everett Mayor declares systemic racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Framingham Mayor and Board of Health declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Holyoke Mayor issues Executive Order declaring racism and police violence a public health emergency
6/17/2020
Longmeadow Select Board passes a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis  7/24/2020
Medford City Council declares racism a health crisis 6/9/2020
Revere Mayor and Board of Health declare racism a public health crisis 6/25/2020
Somerville Mayor declares racism a public health emergency 6/4/2020
Springfield Mayor declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
MARYLAND
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Anne Arundel County County Executive and Health Officer declare racism a public health issue 11/2019
Montgomery County County Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health emergency 6/11/2020
MICHIGAN
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
State — at large Governor Whitmer signs executive directive recognizing racism as a public health crisis 8/5/2020
East Lansing City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 11/24/2020
Eaton County County Board of Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Flint City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/1/2020
Genesee County County Board of Commissioners declares racism a public health crisis 6/10/2020
Ingham County County Board of Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/9/2020
Jackson City Council passes resolution calling racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Kalamazoo County County Board of Commissioners declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Lansing City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Pontiac City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/9/2020
Port Huron City Council declares racism and social inequities a public health crisis 6/9/2020
Washtenaw County County Commissioners and Board of Health pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/1/2020
Westland City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 8/3/2020
Ypsilanti City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/2/2020
MINNESOTA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Hennepin County County Commissioners pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
Minneapolis City Council and Mayor pass resolution declaring racism a public health emergency 7/17/2020
Olmsted County County Board of Commissioners pass resolution recognizing racism as a public health crisis 8/4/2020
State — at large Minnesota House of Representatives passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Encourages Senate and governor to pass similar resolutions
7/14/2020
MISSOURI
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Columbia/Boone County Health Department declares racism a public health crisis 6/05/2020
Kansas City City Council passes resolution asserting racism as a public health crisis 8/29/2019 
NEBRASKA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Douglas County Board of Health declares racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Lincoln/Lancaster County Board of Health declares racism a public health crisis 9/09/2020
NEVADA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Clark County County Commission passes resolution declaring racism is a public health crisis 11/03/2020
Las Vegas Southern NV Health District declares racism is a public health crisis 6/04/2020
State — at large Governor issues proclamation that racism is a public health crisis 8/05/2020
NEW YORK
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Albany County Health Commissioner calls racism a public health crisis  6/03/2020
New York City Health Department declares racism a public health crisis 6/08/2020
NORTH CAROLINA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Buncombe County Health and Human Services Board acknowledges racism as a public health crisis 6/29/2020
Cabarrus County Public Health Authority Board of Commissioners declares racism a public health crisis 9/24/2020
Charlotte Mayor signs proclamation of racism as a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Chatham County Board of Health declares racism an ongoing public health crisis 8/24/2020
Durham County Board of County Commissioners passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/8/2020
Mecklenburg County County leaders declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
OHIO
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Akron City Council and mayor declare racism a public health crisis 6/8/2020
Athens City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Butler County Health District calls racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Canton City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Cincinnati
County Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis
8/4/2020
Cleveland City Council approves resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/3/2020
Columbus City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/1/2020
Cuyahoga County County Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Dayton City Commission declares racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Elyria City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/24/2020
Franklin County County Commissioners and Board of Health declare racism a public health crisis 5/19/2020
Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners and Board of Health declare racism a public health crisis 7/16/2020
Lima City Council pass resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Lorain County County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Montgomery County County Commissioners declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
Piqua City Commission passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
South Euclid City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/8/2020
Stow City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis
7/4/2020
Summit County County Council approves resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/15/2020
Upper Arlington City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/22/2020
Warren City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/24/2020
Westerville City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis  6/16/2020
Youngstown City Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/19/2020
OKLAHOMA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Ardmore Mayor and City Commission declare racism a public health crisis 6/05/2020
PENNSYLVANIA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Allegheny County Motion to declare racism a public health crisis passes along party lines at County Council 5/1/2020
Erie County
County Council designates racism a public health crisis
9/8/2020
Philadelphia Board of Health releases statement on racism and public health 6/5/2020
Pittsburgh City Council approves bills declaring racism a public health crisis 12/17/2019
TENNESSEE
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Chattanooga City Council approves resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/7/2020
Memphis City Council passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/7/2020
Shelby County County Commission passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020
TEXAS
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Austin City Council passes resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis 7/30/2020
Dallas County County Commissioners pass resolution to declare racism a public health crisis 6/16/2020
San Antonio City Council declares racism a public health crisis 8/20/2020
VERMONT
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Burlington Mayor declares racism a public health emergency 7/16/2020
WASHINGTON
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
King County County and Public Health-Seattle declared racism is a public health crisis 6/11/2020
Pierce County Board of Health passed resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/17/2020
Snohomish County Board of Health declared racism a public health crisis 7/14/2020
Spokane County Regional Health District declared racism a public health crisis 7/30/2020
WEST VIRGINIA
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
Wheeling City Council and Mayor sign resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 10/6/2020
WISCONSIN
City/County Declaration  Date of Declaration 
State — at large Gov. Evers declares Racism a Public Health Crisis 6/4/2020
Appleton Signs onto Wisconsin Public Health Association’s 2018 resolution  
Cudahy Common Council declares racism a public health crisis 6/23/2020 
Dane County County Board of Supervisors passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 7/10/2020
Kenosha County Board passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 8/5/2020
Madison City council signs onto Wisconsin Public Health Association’s 2018 resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 10/15/2019
Milwaukee Common Council passes resolution asserting racism as a public health crisis 7/20/2019
Milwaukee County County Executive signs resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 5/20/2019
Rock County Board of Supervisors passes resolution declaring racism a public health crisis 6/25/2020