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Salt Lake City mayor declares racism a public health crisis

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City’s mayor has adopted a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and committing to dismantling racist policies.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall and the Salt Lake City Council adopted a joint resolution on Tuesday acknowledging that racism has harmful impacts on the mental and physical health of communities of color.

Salt Lake City joins at least 70 other cities that have declared racism a public health crisis since 2019.

The resolution says the impacts of preexisting inequalities were further heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic and put a greater burden of “disease, death and social consequences” on people of color in Utah.

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