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The Local Take Talks "Health As A Human Right"

Emerson Elementary School class picture, ca. 1947 Courtesy of the San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

The Local Take Talks about the Health As A Human Right with Dr. Kim Ramsey-White, Director of Undergraduate Programs in School of Public Health at Georgia State University.

I ask her about the exhibition currently on display at the Georgia State Law School Library called Health As A Human Right: Race and Place in America. She explains how the exhibition was curated to commemorate the Centers for Disease Control's 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. This comprehensive exhibition encapsulates health concerns of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans and Native Americans across multiple decades. 

After the commemoration most of the exhibit was placed in the basement of the CDC, the Georgia State University School of Public Health reached out and offered to repurpose the original work into a showing that now exist in the College of Law at Georgia State and as an interactive online exhibit.

One of the most amazing things about this exhibition is that many of the challenges faced in ethnic communities decades ago still exist today.  From Native Americans fighting against pipelines to African American communities fighting for clean water our nation is facing the same health crisis decade after decade. 

Dr. White mentions that in the USA your health outcomes are determined more by your zip code than you genetics. At this time when healthcare in our country is being debated, this exhibition sheds some light on the historical nature of these challenges. 

For more information on Health as A Human Right: Race and Place in America

To view the Health as A Human Right interactive online exhibition

For more information on  the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity