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APTR Statement on Racism

Monday, June 1, 2020  
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Role of Academia in Combatting Structural Racism in the United States

Policy Statement and Resource Toolkit

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research condemns the epidemic use of law enforcement violence that is afflicting our communities of color and is the result of a history of structural racism in the United States.

Because the structures of racism and the resulting inequities in health status persist, it is incumbent on the health care and education sectors to recognize this issue, to educate their students and the public, and take action to ensure that the health and education sectors they participate in are part of the solution and not part of the continuing problem.

Teachers and researchers of public health and preventive medicine are well-placed and well trained to bring clarity to the research agenda, teaching curriculum, and evaluation of policy and program outcomes necessary to create meaningful change on the road to elimination of racism. Public health as a science has long recognized that true health and well-being represent more than the mere absence of disease. Racism represents a barrier to health and takes a toll which may extend across generational lines.

The academic health professions community is in a position to inform health professionals and health systems on how to improve health outcomes, particularly those that are derived from the impacts of racism. Academic health professionals focused on public health have the opportunity to support those who are on the front lines facing racism daily by identifying and validating the evidence of the social inequities that continue and their impact on health.

As an interdisciplinary organization, APTR calls upon the entire academic health professions community to address these issues. To read the full APTR statement and access the extensive Anti-Racism Resource Toolkit visit: www.aptrweb.org/antiracism.


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