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ASPPH Members Observe 400 Years of Inequality

This year marks 400 years since the arrival of the first group of African slaves who were sold into bondage in Jamestown, VA. This moment gave rise to racial inequalities, oppression, and inequalities in health. The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, as well as inequities in power, are the fundamental drivers of sickness and inequality in health and healthcare delivery. As a public health community, we must confront these issues to improve individual and population health to advance health equity.

400 Years of Inequality is a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals calling on everyone – families, friends, communities, institutions – to plan their own solemn observance of 1619, learn about their own stories and local places, and organize for a more just and equal future. Read about the impactful work our schools and programs of public health are doing to educate the public health community and join the movement.

Follow ASPPH on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as we continue to observe the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America in 1619 at Jamestown and highlight the incredible work our members are doing to advance health equity.