Ghosts of Segregation
Photographs by Rich Frishman
WHY AT CDC?
In 2021, CDC declared racism a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans.
A growing body of research shows that centuries of racism in this country has had a profound and negative impact on communities of color. The impact is pervasive and deeply embedded in our society—affecting where one lives, learns, works, worships and plays and creating inequities in access to a range of social and economic benefits—such as housing, education, wealth, and employment.
These conditions—often referred to as social determinants of health—are key drivers of health inequities within communities of color, placing those within these populations at greater risk for poor health outcomes.
We hope that Ghosts of Segregation will be a catalyst for understanding and reconciliation about the impact of racism on American society, including public health. The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is proud to contribute to these dialogues.