Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Racism is a public health crisis

An SAEM Billboard on the main highway just outside of O’Hare airport

A message from Dr. Bentley Bobrow, Professor and Chair and John P. and Katherine G. McGovern Distinguished Chair of Emergency Medicine:

I wanted to let all of our Department of Emergency Medicine friends, colleagues, and Houston know that we stand in solidarity with our African American community regarding the recent tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others who have been subjected to racism in our country.

Most simply put, acts of senseless violence like this have become an epidemic against people of color in our country. We all must face this reality and combat it together.

We are bound together in our common mission to save lives, alleviate suffering, and to protect everyone from major public health issues including violence and hate crimes.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

— Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, Birmingham City Jail, 1963