Alexandria, Va. (June 3, 2020 )—PHAB/PHNCI and its Board of Directors issued the following statement today in regard to racism and health inequities:
The Public Health Accreditation Board stands with the public health community in decrying the brutal murder of George Floyd and the underlying, systemic racism that resulted in his death.
Racism is a public health crisis of the greatest magnitude and urgency in our country. The elimination of health inequities/injustices will not be achieved without first acknowledging and addressing racism’s contribution to health and social inequities. As the national public health accrediting body, PHAB is committed to ensuring that the highest standards of public health practice and services be available and accessible to all people from all backgrounds.
Amid the protests that have erupted in every corner of our nation this past week in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we at PHAB are again reminded of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” As advocates for social justice, we in the public health community must respond with one voice in calling for an end to the social and economic structures and deeply held cultural assumptions and practices that foster racism and have for far too long prevented all people in our diverse society from reaching their optimal level of health.