Earlier this summer, a rising Sophomore at Smith College in Northampton was enjoying lunch on campus when police informed her that she had
by a college employee as a suspicious person, as someone who was "out of place." This is just one of many
of the way people of color, especially Black Americans, are targeted and deemed suspect -- even dangerous -- while simply going about their lives.
The public health impacts of racism are many, including increasing
through repeated experiences of racial discrimination, as well as limiting access to social determinants of health, such as quality housing and education.
This is why combating racism in all its forms is a priority for MPHA. MPHA uses a
Health Equity Framework
to identify policy priorities that will markedly reduce racial health inequities and to guide us in our commitment to advancing racial justice in all aspects of our work. We are grateful to our members and partners who are just as committed and who work alongside us every day to make racial equity a reality.
Save the date: MPHA's Annual Meeting will be on Thursday, November 15th at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Thank you for all that you do for justice and health equity.