City of Burlington invests big bucks in public health impact of racism - Seven Days

Despite an already high tax burden, the City of Burlington plans to hire a ‘public health equity manager’ to lead the city’s efforts to reduce the health impacts of systemic racism, Mayor Miro Weinberger and a phalanx of advocacy groups declared yesterday.

""We have with us the broad array of stakeholders necessary to take on the massive challenge of eradicating systemic racism and the profound health disparities that racism creates," Weinberger said. "This work will be difficult and will need sustained focus and energy from our full community to meet the aspiration of being better anti-racist organizations." The city has pledged to hire a public health equity manager, who will write a plan to address race-based disparities in health outcomes. Officials will also work with the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance to determine how to spend the $1 million racial justice fund created in the latest budget."

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  • Guy Page
    commented 2020-07-20 18:18:47 -0400
    To paraphrase an old proverb, when you are handing out money, you are handsome and smart and you sing good, too. This is understood on all sides. With taxpayer money are political alliances made.
  • Mark Maloney
    commented 2020-07-19 21:33:21 -0400
    It shouldn’t be much of a problem figuring out where to put the money. The tricky part will be figuring out if it did any good. I for one am skeptical.