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HPIO brief outlines action steps to address health impact of racism, DeWine releases Blueprint to address disparities

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a new data brief, "Connections between Racism and Health: Taking Action to Eliminate Racism and Advance Equity" and an accompanying resource page to support state and local efforts to eliminate racism. 

As state and local leaders commit to address racism as a public health crisis, this publication outlines action steps that can be taken to eliminate racism and advance equity. This brief provides:

  • A definition and explanation of racism
  • A brief summary of research on the connections between racism and health
  • Action steps that individuals, groups, public and private organizations and state and local government leaders can take to eliminate racism and advance equity

On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced the release of the COVID-19 Ohio Minority Strike Force Blueprint (Source: “DeWine: ‘Racism is a public health crisis',” Dayton Daily News, Aug. 13, 2020), a document that includes 34 recommendations to address racism and promote long-term health equity in Ohio.

“It is wrong that in Ohio today, the overall life expectancy of African American Ohioans is four years shorter than white Ohioans. It’s wrong that African American Ohioans have a higher rate of heart disease, higher rates of hypertension and diabetes. It’s wrong that our African American citizens are two and half times more likely to live in poverty, and African American children in Ohio are three times more likely to live in poverty than their white brothers and sisters,” DeWine said during his press conference.

DeWine also announced the creation of the Governor’s Equity Advisory Board and released Ohio’s Executive Response: A Plan of Action to Advance Equity. The plan includes 10 commitments from the DeWine administration designed to begin addressing the recommendation’s in the Strikeforce’s blueprint.