Systemic racism a public health threat, VMS says - VT Business Magazine

The Vermont Medical Society says adverse encounters with cops raise blood pressure, stress and anxiety among minority communities.

“There are harmful health impacts of structural racism and racism in law enforcement. The AMA’s May 29 statement condemning police brutality notes: “Research demonstrates that racially marginalized communities are disproportionally subject to police force… An increased prevalence of police encounters is linked to elevated stress and anxiety levels, along with increased rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma—and fatal complications of those comorbid conditions.” The Vermont Medical Society supports the Vermont State Police in condemning police brutality in the death of George Floyd and their commitment to fair and impartial policing, de-escalation, and relationship building in communities of color.”



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