The American Medical Association declared racism a public health threat. We know that racism can cause inequality. This can negatively impact health, especially for communities of color. This is an important step in the right direction so that everyone has a fair chance at reaching their full health potential. Ways to do this are to support policies that fight racism and to encourage medical schools to teach students how to prevent the health effects of racism. Ventura County is one of the 20 counties/cities in California that also declared racism a public health crisis, noting that communities of color have less access to affordable healthcare and health insurance. These are also the same communities that tend to live in neighborhoods that do not have as many fresh produce markets compared to wealthier, more white neighborhoods. As a result, Black, Latino and Indigenous people have higher-than-average rates of diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, auto-immune disease, depression and even suicide. This shows that racism can play a big factor in health.

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