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Racism Targeted as a ‘Public Health Threat’ With New CDC Funding

  • Director sees need to funnel resources to communities of color
  • CDC also creates web portal for public, scientific discourse
Rochelle Walensky
Rochelle WalenskyPhotographer: Susan Walsh/AP/Bloomberg

Calling racism a “public health threat,” the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to boost agency investments in communities of color that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The CDC will tap its Covid-19 funding to address disparities tied to health conditions, including the coronavirus, director Rochelle Walensky said Thursday in a statement. She also revealed the launch of a new web portal called Racism and Health, designed to document the agency’s efforts and be a landing page for public and scientific discourse on the topic.