Utah Hospital Association denounces systemic racism as public health crisis

Dr. Michael Good, CEO and Dean of the School of Medicine at the U of U. Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Dr. Michael Good

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Jan. 12, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Hospital Association has joined with Utah’s four major health systems in sharing a statement denouncing systemic racism as a public health crisis.

Representatives from Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, Steward Healthcare and University of Utah Health will participate in an initiative and share the steps they are taking to overcome healthcare disparities in the communities they serve, said a series of tweets from U of U Health.

“We believe that Black lives matter. We believe that racism is a public health crisis,” said Dr. Michael Good, CEO and Dean of the School of Medicine at the U of U.

“As an academic health system, we have looked internally to see how we can improve. We have formed an anti-racism commission to improve our culture. Our steering committee consists of diverse faculty and students.

“Our healthcare system is also committed to determine our patient’s social determinants of health. This is just the beginning. Being anti-racist takes an ongoing commitment. We are committed to this issue and to make changes that are needed.”

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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