Racism is a Public Health Issue

Published June 28, 2020

In support of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the local chapter, Jacobs School SNMA members and faculty have created a video pledging their sincere determination to acknowledge and address racism as a public health issue and to take action against the deleterious effects of systemic racism on minority populations.


“The time is now to ensure we, as working and future physicians, listen to all of our patients, learn the facts about and causes of racial disparities in medicine, and actively take action to prevent the premature deaths of African Americans living in the U.S.

Remember, we took an oath to prevent disease whenever we can, and systemic racism is a virus woven into the DNA of this nation. We can and must be part of the work that needs to be done to see its elimination.

Thank you to each and every individual who participated in the creation of this statement.”