Racism is a Public Health Issue

July 2, 2020

Racism is a public health issue. Whether it is intentional or unintentional, racism affects the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Black people in particular are more likely to have unequal access, receive poorer quality care, and have worse health outcomes. This is apparent during COVID-19 when Black Americans are less likely to be referred for COVID testing and medical care, and have a mortality rate 2.5 to 3 times higher than whites, according to the CDC. 

At PTCB, we believe that addressing inequities supports our mission to advance medication safety. We are taking immediate steps to review our testing policies and hiring procedures to ensure that they align with our mission and honor our core values. We are not perfect, but we can strive to improve. PTCB donated $1,500 to organizations that are on the frontlines of the fight against racism as well as to the small businesses who must now rebuild.

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