23 August 2021
Leeds Academic Health Partnership has pledged its support for a new anti-racism movement launched across the region today.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) and the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) launched the area’s anti-racism movement today alongside nearly 500 organisations and community allies.
Other movement supporters include NHS organisations, councils, West Yorkshire Police, Healthwatch, hospices, universities, housing associations, unions, and the voluntary community social enterprise sector.
High profile sports club supporters and foundations include Yorkshire Cricket Club, Yorkshire Sports Foundation, Keighley Cougars, The Leeds United Foundation, Community Foundation at Wakefield Trinity, Bradford Bulls Foundation, Castleford Tigers and Halifax Panthers (rugby) to name a few.
Co-created by over 100 WY&H HCP ethnic minority colleagues to proactively challenge racism across all aspects of society, the movement is part of an ongoing commitment to tackle structural and institutionalised racism, as well as addressing health and social inequalities across the area.
Dr Liz Mear, Managing Director, Leeds Academic Health Partnership, said: “Reducing health inequalities is a central part of our mission and applies to everything we do.
“I’m proud to support this campaign on behalf of our whole team and pledge to play an active role in this important movement. Together we can Root Out Racism.”
The movement, a recommendation from the WY&H HCP review in October 2020 into the impact of COVID-19 on health inequalities, spotlights the experiences of ethnic minority staff and allies from across WY&H HCP and illustrates their views of racism.
Imagery from the movement is being displayed outdoors and on buses as well as across social media with the hashtag #WYHRootOutRacism. The movement includes a suite of educational resources to encourage people to better inform themselves on anti-racist behaviours and practices, whilst linking to training and people’s life stories.
You can register to join the movement at http://ow.ly/lWB250FBmYt. To find out more, including how to access the free resources, visit https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/rootoutracism
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