As a coalition of community health improvement organizations, Healthy Lucas County is committed to improving the health of all Lucas County residents. In the wake of persistent violence against and discrimination of minorities nationwide – especially African Americans – confronting all forms of racism and achieving health equity are more important than ever.
Healthy Lucas County was founded more than 20 years ago to conduct a health assessment of Lucas County’s residents, which remains our coalition’s chief task as members collaborate on ways to address health disparities. Our latest health assessment shines a painful but necessary light as we identify and challenge racism in our community, where:
- Approximately 27% of Lucas County African American adults reported feeling upset, angry, sad or frustrated as a result of how they were treated based on their race in the prior 30 days.
- Of Lucas County African American adults, 15% reported unequal experiences when seeking health care compared to people of other races in the prior 12 months.
- Of Lucas County African American adults, 15% reported unequal experiences at work compared to people of other races in the prior 12 months.
Healthy Lucas County remains steadfast in our condemnation of racism, discrimination, brutality and other such deplorable crimes suffered by George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other people of color. We understand that, in a racist society, it’s simply not enough to be non-racist; we must engage in antiracist practices. Through the development and application of frameworks that assure for unbiased decision making, and by using research- and practice-based antiracist approaches in all aspects of the coalition’s operation, Healthy Lucas County will continue to work on achieving health equity for African Americans and other minorities so our community can truly thrive.