COVID is not the only threat to public health

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This week, the Center for Disease Control declared racism "a serious public health threat".

This long overdue acknowledgement shows just how far a year of reckoning with COVID has changed the national narrative on health. Finally, we are beginning to speak about health as something that we foster as a community, rather than individuals.

This understanding of public health is deeply Jewish. As Rabbi Hillel says in Pirkei Avot: "Don't separate yourself from the community".

Regardless if you are the individual or community immediately impacted, injustice impacts you nonetheless. When we define 'community' and 'public' broadly, when realize that our health, freedom, and safety is connected to those of others.

That means evictions are threats to public health. Police violence is a threat to public health. Deportations are a threat to public health. Increasing hate crimes are threats to public health.

We're tackling these issues by joining together in community with those most impacted by these threats to make systemic change.

We can only do this together. Become a member of Jewish Community Action today to make a healthier Minnesota for all.

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