Designate Racism a Public Health Crisis & Call for National Dialogue on Racism in America

Designate Racism a Public Health Crisis & Call for National Dialogue on Racism in America

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Started by Walter Palmer

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My name is Walter Palmer and I am writing to you on behalf of The W.D. Palmer Foundation and members of the University of Pennsylvania Medical/Healthcare providers.

We are collectively taking the leadership to enlist other medical/healthcare providers across America, to help us gather thousands of signatures from all citizens across the country, as well as supporters around the world.

For over 400 years, African Americans have endured substantial physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual disparities at a higher rate than other populations in our society.  

These disparities include, but are not limited to, the following: higher rates of morbidity, mortality, obesity, heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure, HIV, AIDS, illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, crime, violence, incarceration, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, COVID-19, and more. 

These inequalities have existed for so long and created major health consequences within the Black community, and have also had a negative impact on the larger society. 

Therefore, many medical/healthcare providers, along with citizens, across the country have come to the conclusion that racism in America is a public health crisis. 

Our goal is to launch this national petition campaign from January 2021 until December 2021, after which time we will assess our support for petitioning the President, Senate, and United States Congress, to recognize and designate racism in America as a public health crisis. 

In addition, we will appeal to the Congress to create and structure a national, long term dialogue on racism in America, to begin the process of racial healing within our nation.

We would appreciate having your support on this matter in the following ways: 

  1. Sign this petition and write a short message of support (If you don’t have an email, sign through this link instead:
  2. Help us identify co-sponsors to support the petition, which entails verbal support, not financial support.
  3. Help identify volunteers around the country for this campaign (
  4. Like and share this petition on your social media platforms.
  5. Please view Professor Walter Palmer's Presentation (Sept 16, 2020) at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Grand Rounds (
  6. Please donate to our campaign if you can (

Thank you.


W.D. Palmer JD. FPPC. 



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