Why Clark County Declared Systemic Racism A Public Health Crisis


(AP Photo/John Locher, File)

In this March 28, 2020, file photo, medical and physician assistant students wear personal protective equipment as they prepare to screen for possible coronavirus cases at a makeshift camp for the homeless in Las Vegas.

Last week, the Clark County Commission declared systemic racism a public health crisis, which has been amplified by the coronavirus pandemic.

The resolution is similar to one passed by the Nevada Legislature during a special session this past summer. 

The commission's resolution acknowledged that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color in Nevada. It blamed part of the inequality on the racial and ethnic disparities in the health care system. 

Yindra Dixion led the charge to get the county to follow in the footsteps of dozens of other communities around the country, including North Las Vegas.  


Support comes from


Lawrence Weekly, Commissioner, County Commission; Yindra Dixon, Managing Partner, Blackbox Consulting Group; Andre Wade, State Director, Silver State Equality; Jeffery Geihs, Executive Director, Nevada Association of School Administrators

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