Systemic racism is racism that is pervasively and deeply embedded in systems and structures such as laws, written or unwritten policies, and widespread, deeply rooted, established practices, beliefs, and attitudes that produce, condone, and perpetuate widespread unfair treatment of people of color.
Addressing systemic racism is crucial for achieving health equity. This report, produced in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco, examines what systemic racism is, the harm it causes and how it does so, and strategies to dismantle it.
There is no single solution, and addressing systemic racism will require multiple reinforcing strategies, across sectors and places, at levels from local to national. Effective approaches will activate and support people to vote; learn; speak out to their children, families, friends, and coworkers; organize in their neighborhoods, towns, states, and nationally; and to support, join, and become leaders of organizations pushing for change.
Consensus around the definition of health equity can help bridge divides and foster productive dialogue among diverse stakeholder groups.
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