LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Similar to the resolution that the City of Lafayette passed earlier this month, the Tippecanoe County Commissioners approved a resolution that declared racism as a public health crisis in Tippecanoe County, Ind.
The resolution aims to address several societal aspects reportedly affecting minority communities more than white residents.
Specifically, to address how social and material factors can influence a person’s health, which includes employment, housing, education, health care, public safety and food access – known to have a life-long health impact.
“The upshot of the resolution is that racism is a public health issue. The resolution outlines the statistics that in a number of ways in which race correlated with a number of negative health outcomes and metrics. And the county along with the cities are resolving the issue of focus, collect data on the disparities, commit resources to reducing the disparities,” said Doug Masson, Tippecanoe County’s attorney.
The resolution referred to several statistics gathered by the YWCA of Greater Lafayette to help illustrate the need for this resolution.
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