The Fight to Combat Structural Racism

Armond Budish giving a speech

“Minorities, especially Black people, have been negatively impacted by racist practices in almost every aspect of their lives—healthcare, housing, access to healthy food and water, and general quality of life. We are looking outward and inward to see how our programs, policies and practices as a County may positively or adversely affect these populations, and we have brought together community leaders to help us create this change.”

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis.

The County passed legislation in July declaring racism as a public health crisis—and this declaration expresses our intent to address the impact of racism in our community.

In Cuyahoga County, Black people represent:

  • 30.5% of the population
  • 40% of COVID-19 diagnoses
  • 45% of all hospital admissions
  • 45% of COVID-related Intensive Care Unit admissions.

The Citizens’ Advisory Council and the County Equity Commission have been directed to review, focus, and provide recommendations to reduce the disparity between Black and white people when it comes to:

  • Healthcare
  • The criminal justice system
  • Healthy food
  • Safe and affordable housing
  • Well-paying jobs
  • Business ownership opportunities
  • Quality transportation
  • Educational opportunities
  • Safe places to be active

Racism, Inequity, and Public Health: Cuyahoga County's Response