She added that the pandemic has disproportionately affected color communities due to racism, which she defined as structural barriers affecting the way different races and ethnic groups live.
“Over generations, these structural inequalities have resulted in large racial and ethnic health gaps that are severe, widespread and unacceptable,” she said.
With this statement, the CDC said it will take several steps to combat racism in the public health area. Walensky said the agency used Covid funds to invest in color communities, as well as other disproportionately affected groups, to try to eradicate the differences. The agency has also added a new section on racism and health to its website in hopes of drawing more attention to the issue.
The American Medical Association, which declared racism a public health threat in November, praised the CDC’s announcement.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague black and brown communities disproportionately, it is clear that collective action by all parties is required to reduce systemic racism and to combat, embed and advance justice in our health system,” said Susan R. Bailey. said the association’s president in a statement.