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WashU: The Lessons of Ferguson for Public Health

The report by a commission that studied the root causes underlying the death of Michael Brown Jr. raises issues that public health is well-suited to address, according to a commentary from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Those issues include the police use of force, disparities in school discipline and the health benefits of a coordinated housing strategy. Public-health expertise in surveillance, epidemiology and other disciplines can help craft solutions to those challenges, the authors say.

The commentary was published online September 15 in the American Journal of Public Health.

“Public health can also learn from the principles the commission adopted, including being unflinching in the questions asked and conclusions drawn, applying a racial equity lens to the public health work and moving beyond programmatic solutions to policy solutions,” wrote Ms. Karishma Furtado, the lead author and a doctoral student at the Brown School who worked with the Ferguson Commission.

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