Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Erin Mendenhall adopted a joint resolution on Tuesday declaring racism a public health crisis.
The resolution acknowledged that racism — both interpersonal and structural — has harmful effects on the mental and physical health of communities of color resulting in significant health disparities.
“Racism is a key driver of the determinants of health, shaping access to these resources such as education, housing, employment, and health care that creates opportunities for health,” the resolution stated.
.@slccouncil and I signed a joint resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. We are publicly acknowledging the existence of a grave inequity many in our community have long experienced, and are committing ourselves to creating policies and ordinances that are anti-racist pic.twitter.com/WIs4VvkjuI
— Mayor Erin Mendenhall (@slcmayor) July 21, 2021