What celebrating Black History Month has to do with Public Health?

What celebrating Black History Month has to do with Public Health?


Hi, my name is Jonathan Wortham. I’m a pediatrician from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. And I chose Pediatrics in Public Health because at heart I’m a science
nerd who enjoys using these skills to make people and communities
healthier and stronger. I’m here in Santa Clara County assisting the state and local public
health departments with the response to coronavirus 19,
abbreviated Covid-19. As always, federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial public health partners are
working diligently together to protect people from all public health threats
including this one. CDC is helping Santa Clara County identify people at risk for
Covid-19 based on their travel histories or close contact with someone with Covid-19. At this time, Covid-19 is not spreading in communities in the United States. I also wanted to take you this moment to remind you that February is
Black History Month. I celebrate Black History Month
because I want to be able to practice effective medicine and
public health for our communities. Some of you might ask
“what celebrating Black History has to do with medicine or Public Health?” Medicine is based on a radical idea. The idea that we can use our skills that
we work so hard to learn to remove health barriers and allow
each individual to realize their potential and Public Health at its best
does the same for communities. We use our skills to make our communities healthier, safer, and stronger,
and more likely to realize their potential. To help individuals and
communities, we must learn about them their history, struggles, values, and
accomplishments. So please join me in celebrating Black History Month and let’s continue making a difference in our communities. Thank you very much!

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