Stand Against Racism is an annual campaign designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and raise awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism. This year we focus on Racism as a Public Health Crisis. We at YWCA Northeast Indiana will recognize this event by sharing information over the next 4 days about how racism creates disparate health outcomes.
Why the health focus? Nationally, there is a 6 year difference in life expectancy between Black and white citizens of the US. Here in Allen County, there is a 15 year (!!) difference between the life expectancy of someone living in the 46806 zip codes and our wealthier zip codes (SJCHF 2021).
Today, you can take the pledge to Stand Against Racism here: https://ywca.quorum.us/campaign/24033/
To learn more, here are some brief readings on ways racism interacts with several public health issues: