“Racism as a public health issue” APS racism series: at the intersection of equity, science, and social justice

Joseph L. Wright, James N. Jarvis, Lee M. Pachter & Leslie R. Walker-Harding

The social unrest of the past several months highlights the importance of ensuring that science and fact-based objectivity align with the public discourse. A deepening body of literature makes clear the historical association of bias, discrimination, and injustice on Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and the deleterious impact experiences of racism can have on healthy child development. This commentary surfaces recent and rooted evidence defining racism as a public health issue.