State Health Plan declares racism a public health crisis


December 20, 2023

A new state health report pinpoints racism as a public health crisis while also noting Illinois needs to improve in the areas of maternal and infant health, mental health and substance use disorders.

The broad goals are laid out in a draft of the State Health Improvement Plan, which will be finalized and presented to the Illinois General Assembly next year. The SHIP is part of Healthy Illinois 2028, a five-year plan outlining the major public health crisis the state hopes to address.

After two years of assessment and planning, Healthy Illinois 2028 prioritized five major public health issue...

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