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Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Dear RBHS Community Members,

We write to you to reiterate and expand upon the message you received yesterday from President Holloway and all four chancellors acknowledging the work that we must continue to do to deliver on our promise to make the world a better place and promote equal opportunity and justice for all.

We all know that research repeatedly confirms the social, economic, and health disparities endured by communities of color. These data, coupled with the continual acts of violence, bias, and hate we have all witnessed these past few weeks alone, make it clear that social injustice and systemic racism are both ongoing public health crises that cause undue suffering in our communities.

As academic health leaders, it is our responsibility to examine these issues and take action to address them. Our work to deliver on this goal strives not only to improve the health of our populations but also to preserve human dignity for the benefit of individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.

Service of this mission permeates every aspect of our organization, and our schools, centers, and institutes lead many important initiatives and offer valuable resources dedicated to understanding and combating the impact of ongoing racism. More information is available through the RBHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Together We Grow resources.

We know that we have a long way to go, and while this work will be difficult, we are committed to bringing about meaningful change.

Sincerely,

Brian L. Strom
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Sangeeta Lamba
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences