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Racial Justice and Health Care

ONA quote block: Racism is a public health crisis

Racism in America is a public health crisis. There is a systemic problem in the health care system that excludes People of Color from receiving comprehensive, quality care. The results are evident: higher rates of chronic illness that are perpetuated and exacerbated by a health care system with an extensive history of racist practices. Current events have again revealed this public health crisis as People of Color experience a disproportionate mortality rate from COVID-19, police brutality, and are met with state-sanctioned violence when protesting.

Systemic racism is an insidious disease that perpetuates a public health crisis in America. As nurses, it is our duty and our calling to protect and serve the health and well-being of the entire community, particularly to People of Color who are especially vulnerable. To not speak up in critical moments like this one, as the American Nurses Association noted, would be against our code of ethics.

ONA is proud to stand with all those fighting to end systemic racism, violence, police brutality, and centuries of oppression. Anti-racism is a true union and nursing value which we hold up during the long march towards true justice for all.

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