Evidence shows that minorities in Connecticut are experiencing a magnitude of health disparities.

State Sen. Saud Anwar, a Democrat from South Windsor who is also a medical doctor, believes the state needs to acknowledge that this is a public health crisis that is the result of systemic racism. He has proposed Senate Bill 55, which would designate racism as a public health crisis in the state and establish a commission to study the impact of institutional racism on public health.

However, the deadline for the committee to raise the bill has passed. It can still be raised in another form by the committee no later than Feb. 24.

Anwar says that we need to recognize the role of racism in this problem, so we can take the first step of healing. He believes once that happens, then the state will be on the right path toward finding solutions.

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Click above to vote on SB 55: AN ACT DESIGNATING RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN THE STATE AND ESTABLISHING A COMMISSION TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF INSTITUTIONAL RACISM ON PUBLIC HEALTH

Adam Chiara

Adam Chiara is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Hartford and a multimedia storyteller.