Is Civil Rights a Public Health Strategy?

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In this pandemic age, many people treat the absence of COVID or Monkey Pox as proof of health; others consider the disproportionate impact of these two illnesses on vulnerable and marginalized communities proof that racism, xenophobia, ableism and homophobia also kill. This is not new, as this debate regarding the process of defining and preventing illness has also been particularly central to civil rights and labor movements in Latina/o communities across the United States. By attending to the process in the Progressive Era, the New Deal and the Cold War, we can see how a push for equality by marginalized communities challenged the unequal distribution of disease in the United States.


Civil Rights Public Health and Disease

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John Mckiernan-González

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