Clifford Barnes, Member of the Firm, moderates a Global Black Economic Forum panel discussion, "Classifying Racism as a Public Health Crisis," at the 2023 Essence Festival of Culture.

As stated by the American Public Health Association, declarations are an important first step to advancing racial equity and justice. In 2018, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, became the first community to declare racism a public health crisis. This panel outlines how to create a framework to drive changes to health policies, laws, and resource allocation.

For more information and a recording of the session, visit

See also "EFOC: ‘Is This Happening to Me Because I’m Black?’ Combating the Public Health Crisis of Racism," Essence (July 6, 2023).

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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