SECTION 1. The commissioner of the Department of Public Health shall declare racism as a public health crisis, and shall direct the Office of Health Equity to develop policies to dismantle systemic racism impacting health; including, but not limited to, the implementation of a health equity audit of services provided by the Department of Public Health, increasing health data transparency regarding race/ethnicity, and establishing programs focused on the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases disproportionately impacting communities of color. The Office of Health Equity shall submit an annual report to the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health and the Legislature on the state of systemic racism impacting public health.
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