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December 2, 2021 Testimony for #StopGeneralIron campaign press conference

December 2, 2021 Testimony by Policy Director Wesley Epplin on behalf of Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County at the #StopGeneralIron campaign press conference.

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Health Equity Requires Defunding and Abolishing the Police

Advancing health equity is Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s mission. As part of that mission, Health & Medicine supports the growing call to defund and abolish the police. As a matter of public health, Health & Medicine joins our voice to the demand for local, state, and federal governments to defund and abolish the police.

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Health & Medicine Testimony: To Advance Health Equity, We Need Accountability for Racism in Policing and Gang Databases

The Cook County Department of Public Health’s current community health improvement plan lists structural racism as a ‘fundamental cause of health inequity, associated with imbalances in political power throughout society. It functions to normalize and legitimize cultural, institutional, and personal hierarchies and inequity that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse health outcomes for people of color.’ Our testimony lays out that Cook County has longstanding health inequities. Further, racism is a fundamental cause of health inequities. Cook County’s Regional Gang Database (RGID) is both itself a manifestation of and cause of further racism against people of color—in particular against Black people and against immigrants in our county. Our elected officials have a responsibility to be accountable for and redress the harms of RGID.

Tags: Health equity, Health reform,