CDC Chief Says Racism Is 'Serious Public Health Threat'

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CDC Chief Says Racism Is 'Serious Public Health Threat'
She said the CDC will study the impact of how racism affects health and implement solutions to address it.
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Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the fact that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color points to a larger problem.

"Racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans," she said in a statement. "As a result, it affects the health of our entire nation.

She said it goes beyond discrimination based on race or ethnicity and impacts where a person can live, worship and gather.

She said the CDC will study the impact of how racism affects health and implement solutions to address it. 

The agency also launched a new website to serve as a space for information on its efforts and dialogue on the issue.