Connections between racism and health: State and local policymakers

September 10, 2021

Ensuring that every Ohioan has a fair opportunity to achieve good health and well-being is a shared value in both the public and private sectors. However, Ohioans of color continue to face barriers to health where they live, work, learn, play and age. These barriers are tied to centuries of unjust historical and modern-day policies, practices and beliefs, whether intentional or unintentional, that are rooted in racism. Allowing these barriers to continue to exist will only result in a more economically unstable and unhealthy Ohio.

This fact sheet, the first of a series of three, outlines actions policymakers can take to support the health and well-being of Ohioans of color and move Ohio toward a more economically vibrant and healthier future. The remaining two fact sheets provide action steps for private sector organizations and community groups and individuals.

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