NCSD stands with those seeking to dismantle longstanding systemic racism in the U.S. and end the police violence that it fuels. The horrific murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last week, the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade at the hands of police, and the vigilante murder of Ahmaud Arbery are stark testimony to the pervasiveness of unequal justice and police brutality against Black people and the corroding thread of racism.
Systemic racism is a public health crisis. In the U.S., there are systems in place that act as barriers to life, health, and opportunity for Black communities that do not exist for other communities. Black Americans face higher rates of HIV/STDs, infant mortality, COVID-19 cases and deaths, and higher rates and deaths from a range of chronic health conditions.
This is systemic racism.
As a national public health organization, NCSD is committed to being anti-racist and part of the solution.
Black lives matter.
Values We Hold & Actions We Are Taking
We plan to lead, and we look to you, our nation’s public health leaders, to tell us how we can better support you in this work.
Resources – A list of resources, studies, toolkits, and more that you can use to learn, listen, and help guide conversations in your programs and communities can be found on the NCSD website at this link. We will continue to update these resources regularly.