These CT communities have declared racism a public health crisis

It’s been nearly a year since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer spurred a nationwide movement to address racial inequities.

The issue is still being discussed at the municipal level, and in Connecticut, there has been a push to declare racism a public health crisis.

According to the advocacy group Health Equity Solutions, which aims for “every Connecticut resident to attain optimal health regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status,” Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford and Middletown are among the list of about 20 municipalities that have signed on to the resolution.

Still, officials in towns like Old Lyme have opted not to discuss or sign such a resolution, as they believe declaring racism a public health crisis in their community sends a wrong message to their residents.