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Racism Is an Urgent Public Health Crisis

Columbia public health experts call for systemic change

A woman in line to attend the public viewing for George Floyd at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas on June 8, 2020. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Co-authored with Rachel Nation and Robert E Fullilove

By now we have seen the videos, witnessed the final utterance of “I can’t breathe,” and heard the piercing wails of a whole community shedding tears of grief and anger as another Black man became reduced to a hashtag.

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Ira Memaj

Ira Memaj

Ira Memaj is a public health educator and researcher on reproductive health disparities and mass incarceration at Columbia University Medical Center.

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