Public Health, Medical Professionals Support Protests, Highlight Health Inequities in Letter

Public health experts and health care providers say a recent wave of protests and unrest across the United States is a response to the kinds of inequities they see in their jobs on a daily basis.

More than 1,000 physicians, professors, public health experts and students studying medicine or public health, including some from the University of Washington and Washington State University, signed an open letter in support of the protests nationwide.

“White supremacy is a lethal public health issue that predates and contributes to COVID-19,” the letter states before explaining how systems of oppression lead to adverse health outcomes for Black people, indigenous people and people of color in the United States.

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