The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared racism a public health crisis in Sacramento County.
A resolution, brought forth by District 1 Supervisor and Board Chair Phil Serna, pledges to promote racial equity while shaping policies, appropriating resources, implementing programs, and issuing directives, among other actions.
“Sacramento County is one of the nation’s most diverse communities, and as such, all its citizens should have the opportunity to live their lives free from systemic racism,” said Serna, who also chairs the National Association of Counties’ Health Policy Committee.
“The pandemic, certainly combined with the events this summer with the tragic murder of George Floyd and others, caused a lot of rightful introspection by many of us in elected office to understand how much work there is left to do to combat racism generally, but especially as it relates to public health,” he said.
Serna said the action is intended
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