Budget & Policy Center Issues Report on Racism, COVID-19, and Health Equity

Recently, the California Budget & Policy Center issued its report, “Confronting Racism: Overcoming COVID-19 and Advancing Health Equity.” The report assesses the inequities unveiled during the COVID-19 pandemic, including racism’s impact on the health of children, families, and individuals, the COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on communities of color, and pandemic-induced economic hardship. The report calls on state policymakers to declare racism a public health crisis and provides an overview of how health inequities are a direct consequence of historic and ongoing racism. The report points to historic racist policies and practices in housing, environment, employment, health care, justice system, and education in barring communities the opportunity to be healthy and thrive.

The full California Budget & Policy Center report is available here.